woven and knotted wool and cotton
Neusteter Textile Collection: Acquired by exchange and Asian Arts acquisition funds
. Ritual Carpet. c. 1900. woven and knotted wool and cotton. Neusteter Textile Collection: Acquired by exchange and Asian Arts acquisition funds. 2003.995.
Dimensionsoverall height: 81 in, 205.7400 cm; overall width: 51 in, 129.5400 cm; height: 72 in, 182.8800 cm; width: 51 in, 129.5400 cm; length: 4 3/4 in, 12.0650 cm
DepartmentTextile Art and Fashion
CollectionTextile Art and Fashion-Asian
Human skin represents an impediment to enlightenment; the flaying of this skin signifies the transcendence of obstacles. This rug once possibly served a role in a particular rite: as a meditation mat for a very advanced practitioner or cleric, or as a place to set ritual implements. It could also make a space sacred for other ceremonies. Similar images, on rugs or as effigies, are used in ritual performances.
Known ProvenancePurchased November 2003 from Scott S. Gordon Asian Arts [Santa Fe, NM] by the Denver Art Museum
- "Debut: Textile Art Acquisitions," March 17 - November 25, 2007 (DAM)
- "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)