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A Pashtun nomad's bag from Ghazni, circa 1960

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A Pashtun nomad's  bag from Ghazni, circa 1960

A hand-embroidered bag made by Pashtun nomads from Ghazni province (probably Katawaz), Afghanistan. Floral motifs combined with arabesques in herringbone stitch in silk thread on a purple silk background. The Bokhara couching technique is used to maximum effect, where the metallic threads are laid parallel to each other and fastened at regular intervals by tiny red stitches. Blue beads adorn the edges to ward off the evil eye. The interior of the bag is lined in a blue printed fabric. Measures 12.5 x 17 cm. Condition: Excellent. Estimated age: mid 20th century (probably early to mid 1960).

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