Weavers Literal About "Life"
Bravo, Fred! -
A wonderfully focused salon. I hope we will be able to deal with your challenge without getting into too much trouble.
I agree that there are sometimes rather explicit sexual images on the weavings we collect.
I mentioned recently here on Turkotek that George O'Bannon once came to the Textile Museum to give a "rug morning" presentation and included a pile weaving that not only had a bridal procession, with adult and younger animals in the column, it also had one male animal with a full erection.
I do not think that this imagery was salacious at all. It was, as you have said in your initial essay, an explicit and literal, but entirely "straight-faced" message, reminding the newly wed couple of the central fact of marriage in traditional societies: the responsibility to produce the next generation.
I only regret that I don't have a photo of O'Bannon's rug.
R. John Howe
I believe this Yomud asmalyk (full picture and relevant detail below) is
what John is referring to. I took these photos in the Ashkabad Museum when we
were touring Central Asia under George's leadership in 1993.
Not One But Two
Yon et al -
That's it! And I stand corrected there are at least two erections.
R. John Howe