This embroidered Khirgiz shield-shaped panel ("Uut kap Ilgitsh") made of thick red velvet would traditionally be one of a pair, to protect the ends of yurt poles which are tied into bunches on a pack animal's back while in transit to a new location. These bags have both protective and decorative functions. The embroidered ram's horn motifs in metallic couching evoke the animal art of the Central Asian steppes. The ram's horn motif is an ancient motif, found on many Central Asian textiles including felts from the Pazyryk burials of the Iron Age Scythian horsemen. Estimated age: late 20th century. Embroidered, appliqued on red cotton velvet, tasseled. Measures 15"x30", 15"x35" with the tassels. There are five tassels on the base.