antique turkmen engsi teke tribes turkmenistan central asia

Antique Turkmen Engsi, Teke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central Asia.



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The Engsi had a very important symbolic meaning to the Turkmen. Hung at the entrance to the Turkmen Oy (yurt), facing inwards, it represented the gateway to Paradise. Looking at it as you see it in the photo, the lower panel symbolised the sky-door leading to the central '4 gardens of Paradise'. Once in one of these gardens, the person leaving the earthly world, was spiritually secure. The pentagonal shape at the top is the 'kejebe' - a symbol representing power and fertility to the owner of the rug. This engsi was made by the Teke tribe around 1870-1880 and is in very good condition.
Size: 1.40m x 1.13m (4' 7" x 3' 9").
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Internal Ref: BM/MH

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