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Ersari-Beshir, Unidentified artist

(Turkmenistan)

Prayer rug

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Object Details

Artist

Ersari-Beshir, Unidentified artist

Date

early 19th Century

Medium

Wool

Dimensions

61 x 31 7/8 inches (155 x 81 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Banoo and Jeevak Parpia

Object
Number

2008.019

Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with alms-giving, fasting, pilgrimage, and the rem(…)

Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with alms-giving, fasting, pilgrimage, and the remembrance of God. Devout Muslims pray five times a day and may do so communally in a mosque or privately just about anywhere. Prayer rugs facilitate the practice, which involves prostration, and typically feature an architec-tonic motif that represents the mihrab, the niche in a mosque located at the center of the wall that faces toward Mecca. Beshir rugs were made in towns for use by settled communities, and thus are outside the tribal Turkmen tradition. This is a classic example of a Beshir prayer rug, featuring pomegranates within the arch-like design.

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