Small Horse or Donkey Necklace


Artist
Baluch, Southeastern Iran (Iranian)
Date
Early 20th century
Medium
Wool and shells
Dimensions
Work : 37 x 26 in. (93.98 x 66.04 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Verne Trinoskey and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey
Object Number
2019.25.5

Label
This small animal necklace may have been made for a baby donkey or pony. The finely woven bands on the necklace’s large tassels feature a lozenge design called gor chashm, or “wild ass eye,” that is supposed to protect the animal and its owner from evil forces and black magic. These gor chashm banded tassels are only found on textiles from the southern parts of Baluchistan. They are time-consuming and difficult to make and therefore lend special status to the weavings on which they are used. [Caleigh White '2020]

Object Type
Textile