18” x 16” as shown
Silk hand-embroidered chain stitch and couching stitch on cotton
Backed with printed cotton stripe
Illustrated in SILK and COTTON page 214
Small embroideries like this are often called “mirror bags” (aina khalta).
Originally they were backed with a cloth pouch in order to hold a mirror or other small items. More recently, they were simply used as decorative hangings. This piece is backed with a cotton pouch. It would also make a striking pillow.
The motifs include a swirling sun disk surrounding a cross of four ram’s horns with ram’s horns in each of the four corners. Ram’s horn were considered protective symbols.
If you are interested in this wall hanging and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.