Re: Dead men tell no tales?

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Posted by Michael Wendorf on April 27, 1999 at 11:41:28:

In Reply to: Re: Dead men tell no tales? posted by Patrick Weiler on April 27, 1999 at 08:54:13:

: : Michael said about animals. But which animals? To my knowledge, as one goes in the direction of south from middle asia he/she will have to carry their objects by "camels" instead of "horses" as in middle asia. And a camel has larger body than horses. This could be another reason for larger bags in the south than that in the north, middle asia?

: : Regards,
: : Erol

: Photo's show many of the large bags being carried by donkey, in addition to camel.
: Regarding the use of wood, many of the frame lattices for the Turkmen tents were made in urban areas for sale to non-sedentary Turkmen, since the manufacture was a specialty.
: There was also commonly used in Turkmen tents a large wooden chest/table, kept on the women's side, and transported with them on migration.
: I will look up the reference and post it.

: Patrick Weiler

Dear Erol:
I left it at animals because it is a little unclear what animals were used and when. As Patrick points out photos show a lot of donkeys. Kurds have traditionally been accomplished horsemen as were the Turkomen. I think camels were less likely used commonly in NWP than further east and their larger mass may well be one reason for different weavings.
Thanks for the post. Michael

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