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Subject  :  Another Example
Author  :  Yon Bard
Date  :  05-28-2000 on 10:43 a.m.
Just received HALI 110 and noticed this wonderful Kaitag embroidery, full of simurghs but no dragons, advertised on page 91 by Ziya Bozoglu.

<img src="http://www.turkotek.com/salon_00043/kaitaga.jpg" border="0">

Regards, Yon

Subject  :  RE:Triumph of the simurghs
Author  :  Patrick Weiler
Date  :  05-28-2000 on 12:34 p.m.
jpweil00@gte.net Well, Yon, it is now abundantly clear. Your example provides the clinching evidence to identify the origin of the spiky appendages seen on many of these Kaitag embroideries. They are obviously Cilia, used by microscopic organisms, such as Rotifers, for propulsion underwater. Most likely, Daghestan scientists provided the weavers with drawings showing organisms that could cause illness and asked them to disseminate this information to the populace. This new theory also explains the resemblance of the Boteh motif to....well, I won't go there........ Patrick Weiler

Subject  :  RE: Simurghs?
Author  :  Steve Price
Date  :  05-28-2000 on 02:47 p.m.
sprice@hsc.vcu.edu Dear Yon, Are you sure these are simurghs? Several of them look like they have four legs, twice the usual number for birds (although the winged lion of Asian art has four legs). As a point in passing, I've seen a some early Ottoman textiles with flower blossoms that look mighty like the simurgh of the "simurgh and dragon" Kaitags. Steve Price

Subject  :  RE:
Author  :  Yon Bard
Date  :  05-28-2000 on 03:12 p.m.
Steve, I don't know why, but those critters just said 'SIMURGH!!!' to me. Admittedly, they don't look anything like the ones in your illustrations. Regards, Yon

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