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Uzbek Da-Our, Saddle Cloth

Country Of Origin



Central Asia


19th century


170 x 132 cms (67 x 52 ins)


Wool, silk




Wear and losses to the silk embroidery , particularly on the left mounting side

Horses were an integral part of Uzbek life and were highly valued amongst both nomadic and pastoral peoples. Both men and women had decorated horse trappings with the well-to-do having more ornate and lavish examples reserving their finest trappings for festive and celebratory occasions. Richly embroidered da-our saddle cloths, such as this one, were used on horses that carried brides to their new home.

The ground is imported napped flannel wool and the embroidery is done in chain-stitch with silk thread. The design and palette of the embroidery are both atypical of the Lakai embroidery of Uzbekistan. The palette is in muted shades of ivory, blue, green and yellow instead of the more usual bright and varied colors found in most Lakai embroidered pieces. The diagonal bands of colors that form the inner border of the cloth are based on wave patterns with emergent mountains, a design that often edges the bottom of Chinese robes. The outer border is a cracked ice design with flowers that is also part of the Chinese design vocabulary. In contrast Central Asian botehs form two bands of design in the center. All in all it is an ambiguous piece with varied design influences, perhaps representing a marriage alliance between different tribes.


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