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Mid-19th C. Tibetan Yak Wool Shawl

Central Asia, Western Tibet, Kampa Warrior tribe, ca. mid to late 19th century CE. A beautiful and sizable shawl comprised of tightly-woven yak wool fibers in dyed hues of gold, cream, teal, salmon, burgundy, sapphire, grey, and crimson. The rectangular textile boasts 64 panels filled with cross-shaped motifs alternating between red and blue hues, with each section separated by chromatically-striated panels. Shawls like this were worn to protect against the cold weather of the harsh Tibetan climate. Mounted on a thick fabric backing. Size (textile): 48.75" W x 66" H (123.8 cm x 167.6 cm); size (mount): 54.5" W x 72.5" H (138.4 cm x 184.2 cm).

Condition: Light fraying to peripheries and some interior threads, and some fading and light staining to areas of coloration. Fabric mount has several velcro panels on verso.

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private San Francisco, California, USA collection

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