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Antique Turkmen Uk Bash (tent-pole Bag), Yomut Tribes, Trans-caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan, Central Asia.

Status: This item has been sold
Sold by: Brian MacDonald Antique Rugs & Carpets

This antique has been viewed 18 times in the past month with the most views from France.


The Turkmen camel caravan would not only carry the storage bags but would also need to transport the Oy (yurt) itself. This was split up into sections with camels carrying certain parts of the structure. One camel, however, would carry the fifty odd roof rods, which were split evenly into two bundles and tied to each flank with the pointed ends to the rear. These pointed ends were then covered with a long bag called an 'uk bash', which were made in pairs and with long tassels which would swing from side to side as the camel walked, warning the animals and people not to get too close for obvious reasons!
The uk bash were knotted in one piece then brought together and sewn up, leaving an opening at the top through which the pointed struts could be pushed into.
Made by Yomut Turkmen in the trans-Caspian Steppes circa 1880, complete uk bash are now rare and although its partner has long been separated, this fabulous bag is in near perfect condition.
For a similar example, please refer to page 50 in the third edition of my book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent'.
Size: 28cm x 1.09m (11" x 3' 7") including tassels.
Viewing by appointment only.
Internal Ref: BM2023


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1880.


Height = 109 cm (42.9")
Width = 28 cm (11.0")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")

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Brian MacDonald Antique Rugs & Carpets
North Cotswolds
United Kingdom

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