A SUPERB, RARE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT BESSARABIAN OR WALLACHIAN ARCHETYPAL KILIM, USED AS RITUALIC FLAG BY THE CĂLUȘARI   



Lot Description

A SUPERB, RARE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT BESSARABIAN OR WALLACHIAN ARCHETYPAL KILIM,
USED AS RITUALIC FLAG BY THE CĂLUȘARI   

17TH CENTURY OR EARLIER

Estimate

Estimate Upon Request

Similar Sales

The examples listed here are not flags but decorative 19th or early 20th century Bessarabian kilims:
Sale 7682 Christie's, Lot 168 was sold for $195,000
Sale NY7191 Sotheby's, Lot 325 was sold for $167,500
Sale N08440 Sotheby's, Lot 26 was sold for $122,500
Sale 8133 Christie's, Lot 69 was sold for $114,716

Our lot is an archetypal kilim and an object of a secret society: The Căluşari.
Please note the purpose of late 19th or early 20th century examples from other secret societies is purely informative: important Kono Society works of art sells for $300,000 to 1,500,000 USD, important Bwami Society works of art sells for 100,000 USD to 2,000,000 USD, important Fang Society works of art sells for 500,000 USD to 5,000,000 USD.