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Old June 12th, 2018, 05:01 PM   #21
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David,
Spectacular find! If you look at the pictures 11 and 13 on http://www.turkotek.com/mini_salon_00017/ms_17_t5.htm
you will find a similar closure panel device, sort of a V-shape. As for the "pommel", I have a Luri chanteh with a similar treatment at each side, a bundle of pile wool tightly bound and clipped short at the end. I have no idea why the weaver would do this. Steve Price has a photo of that piece which I expect to have available to post soon.
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Old June 13th, 2018, 01:17 AM   #22
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Spectacular find!
Thank you Patrick. I'd love to know what, in particular, you find interesting about this khorjin.

Perhaps the pommel device was used somehow to help hold the khorjin in place? Just a thought.

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Old June 14th, 2018, 12:24 AM   #23
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David,
The most likely suggestion for the tufts of wool bound tightly is that they at one time were much longer tassels. We mostly think of them as decorative, but in the outdoors, around equine excrement etcetera, they act as a fly whisk while the animal bounces along. Your piece exhibits a superb example of tightly woven soumak work. What is interesting is that the larger Bakhtiari saddle bags are known for wide-spaced, loose soumak, but these smaller pieces are remarkably tight and crisp.
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Old June 14th, 2018, 07:50 PM   #24
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Hi Patrick,

It seems to me that the pommel-like protuberance is over-engineered for just securing a tassle. My (rank) speculation is that perhaps this was used to help maintain the khorjin in place under the riding saddle, i.e., that adding such devices (e.g., one on each end) would prevent the khorjin from sliding backward and forward. But I know nothing about the actual setup of the riding saddle and khorjin; perhaps this wasn't even an issue.

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Old June 14th, 2018, 08:42 PM   #25
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Hi David,

Here's a similar feature on a Baluch grain bag:



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Old June 15th, 2018, 10:58 AM   #26
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Hi Chuck,

Thank you for that image. I believe that the feature you are showing on that baluch grain bag is quite different from the pommel-like structure on my khorjin, for several reasons.

First, the structure on my khorjin is rock-hard, i.e., very dense and solid and impossible to compress. Second, the base is wider than the top and very solidly anchored to the khorjin, further adding to the stability of the structure:



Third, there is no evidence to suggest that there were once tassels attached (unless the evidence was carefully removed); rather, as can be seen when viewed from the top, this "pommel" is filled with dense wool pile:



For these reasons, it seems to me that this structure was engineered for some functional role requiring significant solidity and stability. As to what that role was.........

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