Tibetan temple carpet featuring a front facing dragon bordered
by water, clouds and mountains. The dragon (druk) is a benevolent,
helpful, life-giving creature composed of nine separate features
of other animals: (1) horn of a stag, (2) forehead of a camel,
(3) eyes of a demon, (4) neck of a snake, (5) belly of a sea
monster, (6) scales of a carp, (7) claws of an eagle, (8)
paws of the tiger, and (9) ears of an ox. In addition, he
has a bump on his forhead, without which he cannot ascend
into the heavens. The represenation of the water, clouds and
mountains together in meant to show the universe in minature.
Wool warp and weft, asymmetrical woolen knots in a good condition.
All vegetable dyed.
Late 19th Century