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Catalog number 98.4.16
Title Kilim with elibelinde
Object Name Rug
Description Nigde, Turkmen kilim from 18th-19th century, decorated with elibelinde motifs, stars, and crescents. A kilim is a flat-woven covering, hanging, or rug produced in the Islamic lands of western Central Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans and North Africa. This kilim features several motifs well known in Anatolian weaving. The large, central medallions are variations of the koçboynuzu, or ram’s horn, design, which is thought to represent masculinity, male fertility, and strength. In contrast, the border is dominated by the elibelinde motif, which is an anthropomorphic goddess figure (literally meaning “hands on hips”) symbolizing female fertility. The variations of elibelinde, appearing in rows along the top and bottom of the kilim, depict the gender of a child (the small triangular motif that seems to be located between the figures’ legs). The combination of male koçboynuzu and female elibelinde motifs in this kilim suggests that it was likely woven as part of a dowry.
Medium/Material Wool, dye
Dimensions W-36 L-64.5 inches
Year Range from 1700.0
Year Range to 1900.0
Search Terms 18th century AD
19th century AD
West Asia
Anatolia and the Caucasus
Textile, wool
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 Turkmen/Turkish/Anatolian