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    Sale 11939

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    18 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 78



    Price Realised  


    Lightly corroded amber and ivory, a couple of very small repairs
    6ft.5in. x 4ft.4in. (194cm. x 131cm.)

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    The character depicted in the present lot is most likely do-ruy or 'two-faced', one of ten demons known as div who appear in the epic poem, the Shahnameh (Mahmoud Omidsalar, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Vol. VII, 1995, pp. 428-431). The div have an external soul which can be kept in the body of a live fish and once defeated by a hero, they are taken as their slaves (ibid, Omidsalar, 1995, pp.428-431); this is alluded to by the fish moustache and shackles around our figure’s ankles. In using a trompe-l'œil technique when portraying the face, which can be read from either end of the rug, our weaver has achieved a level of complexity and a design for which we can find no direct comparable.

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