Ghashghai Southwest Persia

Jewellery bags like this were most likely only used by women. These pieces were made for personal use and were used to store valuable items. The bottom part was folded in half and sewn on the sides. The gable served as a flap to close the bag, which was roughly shaped like a wallet.

Ghashghai nomads made this rare, colourful jewellery bag using a gabbeh technique with a soft texture. The top is designed as a triangular gable. A peacock is depicted on a dark blue background. In the mythology of Persian nomad tribes, peacocks symbolized wealth and elegance.

Property of: Najib, Hamburg
Size: 42 x 29 cm
Age: late 19th centruy