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Catalog number 2010.6.20
Title Prayer Cloth
Date 20th Century AD
Object Name Sampler
Description Square white cotton prayer cloth with red, yellow, blue and green embroidery. Imagery includes a pair of hands, triangles, and plant forms, the hem is finished with black zigzag stitch. Traditionally made by Shiite Hazara women. Used to wrap the mohr/turbah (prayer stone), made from terracotta brought from Karbala, Iraq. Hands, fingers and combs: the hand motif protects against spells and the evil eye while the comb protects birth and marriage.
Medium/Material Embroidered cotton
Dimensions H-13 W-13 inches
Year Range from 1900
Year Range to 2000
Search Terms Uzbekistan
Central Asia
Textile
20th Century AD
Afghanistan
Hazara
Islamic
Exhibition and Publication History *"Interwoven Worlds: Exploring Domestic and Nomadic Life in Turkey," GTM at Flushing Town Hall, March 9-April 29, 2012. A. Winter and A.Bauer, Curators.
Culture Uzbekistan/Shiite