AUD $360.00

Tibetan, Pair of Embroidered Pennants.

A pair of old black and red cotton pennants, made to be worn down the back.
Embroidered at both ends, top and bottom with fading silk in tiny chain stitched scrolling cloud like vegetation.
The centre red panels are filled with old shell buttons (exotic imported mother of pearl)sewn in rows, I doubt the fact there are a total of 108 buttons is a coincidence. (108 being the number always present in a string of Buddhist Prayer Beads.)

These tubular hanging pennants are loosely joined together (resembling Turkoman and Uzbek vestigial sleeves, as seen on “chyrpys” and “jelaks”) just above the shell buttons and have a bright “silver button with an anchor” at the top of each to allow attachment to a supporting garment.
(these “silver” plated plastic buttons may be replacements, or they look to me like ones from the mid sixties, one is quite worn with some of the silver missing. How long it took for them to make it onto these pennants we can only guess.)

Old worn and faded, a little grimy with one shell button incomplete (see close up) and ended with long twisted brown burgundy fringing, they are in an interesting condition.
It’s good condition for something worn in the wilds for such a very long time, they’ve mellowed shall we say.
(I really like the fading of the embroidery, much nicer than bright new. Incidentally the upper shoulder section received more sun and is therefore more faded.)

I’ve nominated Tibetan, but I can’t be more specific, as I can’t remember ever seeing any of these before, so I’m talking about Greater Tibet and the Himalayas generally, until the penny drops.

The lower embroidered panels, ending in the fringe, look rather Kirghiz so I’m still undecided. Search for the Kirghiz Hat we have to compare them. Having done that search, I see that I’ve also seen this design painted on a Bhutanese Temple Column, hmmm.

Age: Early 20th Century.

Size: 113.5 cm x W 21 cm.

Weight: 537 grams.