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Author:Henry Sadovsky
email: hfsadovsky at live dot com
Tue, Dec 22nd, 2015 08:05:52 AM
Topic: Mystery fragment

RK Replies:

Our webmaster has copied the photos and placed them below.

RK is not familiar with this specific fragment so until we would see it in its entirety we will forgo any conclusions or answer to your query.

However, we are familiar with this type of early Turkish/Anatolian rug style called "wheel rugs" thanks to the spoked circle their inner medallions always depict.

This one looks considerably early and we will be glad to comment further upon seeing the entire fragment.

And BTW we do not agree with the idea the inner medallion, what the sender refers to as the "center surround of the star", was originally 'asymmetric'.

Hi Jack- The accompanying images are of a Fustat fragment in the Keir collection, and a digital manipulation of it. (The center surround of the star has been rendered inarticulate as it was clearly asymmetric originally, and, to me, a puzzle.) I wonder if you've had occasion to give thought to this fragment, and would appreciate any results of that you might share.

Author: jc
Tue, Dec 22nd, 2015 08:05:52 AM

Sadovsky sent us another image to post but because RK does not believe it does anything to amplify the subject we are not going to bother having our webmaster post it.

Besides this topic is nothing we wish to explore, and we well know Sadovsky has nothing worthwile to add. Hence our disinterest in going further.

Author: Henry Sadovsky Tue, Dec 22nd, 2015 02:24:41 AM

Of course, rather than 'asymmetric,' (above), it would have been correct to describe the gul center as 'radially symmetric.'

Author: Henry Sadovsky Tue, Dec 22nd, 2015 01:49:05 AM

The Fustat fragment seems to be an early example of a large pattern Holbein with an (asymmetric) energy wheel/swastika around the central star of the gul. (Please append the image sent by email.)

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