woven and knotted wool
Neusteter Textile Collection: Department acquisition funds by exchange
. Prayer Rug. mid 1800s. woven and knotted wool. Neusteter Textile Collection: Department acquisition funds by exchange. 2013.2.
This object is currently on view
Dimensionsheight: 49 in, 124.4600 cm; width: 35 in, 88.9000 cm
DepartmentTextile Art and Fashion
CollectionTextile Art and Fashion-Asian
The crowned figure with wings is the angel Gabriel, seen astride a camel composed of multiple creatures and beings—including a fish for its tail and an elephant’s trunk for its rump. This camel recalls earlier Persian drawings of composite creatures. The Balouch tribal woman who wove this rug, working from bottom upward, had to make several adjustments to the left border in order to accommodate the figure of the camel.
Known ProvenancePurchased early 1980s from Y & B Balour [London, UK] by Shaver-Ramsey [Denver, CO]; purchased 2013 from Shaver-Ramsey by the Denver Art Museum
- "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)
- “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017