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An Uzbek beaded purse from Afghanistan

An Uzbek beaded purse from Afghanistan


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Pre 1980: Item # 1098459

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A densely beaded Uzbek purse, probably from Mazar-i-Sharif or Kunduz, northern Afghanistan. The designs are typical of Uzbek embroidery in which variations on geometric shapes are emphasized for talismanic effect. The purse is edged with gold trim and blue beads as a prophylactic against the evil eye. The purse is lined with green and pink silk, and a red cotton fabric. There are three pockets inside. Condition: Excellent. Measures 15x25 cm when opened, 12x15 cm when closed. Estimated age: early to mid 20th century.