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Author:jc
email: jc@rugkazbah.com
Mon, Mar 19th, 2007 12:12:16 PM
Topic: Spinning Flower Icon or Amulet

The most common type of ensi is what is called now Tekke and most have a brown lower elem with a design RK calls the spinning flower. We made mention of this icon/amulet today in another thread and decided to post here to answer a reader's email asking us to show an historic version.

Need we say more?

Author: jc
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Mon, Mar 19th, 2007 12:12:16 PM

Maybe we should say a bit more in reply to the doubting thomas's query.

Identifying examples of historic Turkmen weaving is not easy -- in fact it is quite difficult and our assessments are surely not 100%.

That said, RK must state we feel 99.9% sure when we make such a designation.

We do not know of any magic bullet indication(s), nor do we ever expect to find them.

Assigning the term historic to any Turkmen weaving can only be done after a careful analysis of all its components are studied structure, dyes, materials, design, proportions, etc.

Doing this requires much experience and analytic skill.

Therefore, it surely is possible for a Tekke engsi, which is not historic, to have a potent spinning flower amulet elem. However, the corollary, one without a potent rendition of that amulet, is impossible.

By the way, not all historic Tekke engsi have this type of elem.

Author: doubting thomas
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Sun, Mar 18th, 2007 05:44:20 PM

RK Replies:

No, that would be a rather incorrect interpretation.

The converse of your statement would be much better. That is no ensi without proper articulation of this amulet could be considered to be historic.

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So are you saying that the "spinning flower amulet" or its related iteration is the defining design characteristic of an historic tekke ensi?

Author: jc
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Sun, Mar 18th, 2007 10:57:41 AM

Here is another early, archetypal, version of this amulet. It comes from a different type of Tekke engsi than the detail above.

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