Re: Real Ensi's are always small and irregular. Really?

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Posted by James Allen on December 16, 1998 at 08:01:53:

In Reply to: Re: Real Ensi's are always small and irregular. Really? posted by Steve Price on December 16, 1998 at 07:39:25:

: Dear Jim,

: The soot on the back is an interesting observation and a pretty solid piece of evidence that a piece was used as a door on a fairly regular basis. The other characteristics that you've associated with the pieces that have soot on their backs makes a pretty persuasive argument that these are the characteristics of "real" Tekke ensis. Similar observations on soot-stained ensis from other groups would be interesting, too, of course. In the absence of that information, I think we can provisionally assume that other Turkmen groups were similar.

: Thanks for the feedback. It's enlightening, and that (I hope) is what we are all shooting for.

: Steve Price
: I have never seen soot on the back of another type of ensi! The Tekke were the last great horde and one should take pause and note how very very rare utilitarian high quality ensi's are encountered. Even Pinner , I shouldn't say even as Pinner is my bench mark,noted the irregularities in say one menber of the class of objects called field ornamants, sheep? I wouldn't pay much at all for a Tekke ensi that didn't have an irregular field ornamant. They all have this feature if they are really old. Please don't show me pictures of tekke Ensi with unskipped bovreks and regular field ornaments as this is exactly what I mean by commercial. It might be interesting to know that the most important collectors are all on the hunt for great ensi's. I'd love to see some pictures of anything you feel is interesting in that regard, i do brokerage. Jim Allen A-bey on Ebay

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