A better view of the side table, Pomo burden basket on the right, two Japanese lacquered containers below, and on the table a Chinese ceremonial Hu to be used as a tablet by court officials, and a Sioux pipe of Catlinite, wood, porcupine quill, and animal hair. The basket to the left of the stair is one of my favorites, of cedar root coiled foundation, cedar bark and bear grass decoration.
Above on the left is a “hiyogi”, or fan, made of leaves of cedar wood. I haven’t found another one of similar design and size, and I think it is from the early 20th century, and perhaps from the Panama-Pacific Exhibition of 1915 in San Francisco. The Japanese have historically used a wide variety of fans for ceremonial and military purposes, sometimes to send signals over fairly large distances.
Beneath the fan is a 4’x 6′ Islamic prayer rug from the north Caucusus region. The pointed design at the top is always unrolled for prayer facing east to Mecca. This particular one is a beautiful example of this type of rug, larger than most. One of the favorites of my collection.
In the lower picture, straight ahead is a very different kind of textile, a Mexican Saltillo. The Spanish introduced the upright loom and in their tradition, men were the weavers. These textiles use extremely finely spun cotton foundations and equally finely spun wool. It is a flat weave and not a knotted piece. The Saltillo has a hypnotic effect because of the so called “eye dazzler” design.
Top picture-To the right a Ladik (Turkish) prayer rug. Above that is a shawl made by a Hopi bridegroom (Arizona) for his bride. To the far right is a child’s prayer rug, from the Beshir of central Asia . One of my favorite pieces.
Lower Picture- a beaded Bandolier Bag from the Plains Indians , beads traded from Europeans and hide of Bison. Below, on the small table, a ceramic portrait vessel from the Moche of Pre-Incan Peru.