Antique Baluch Bag, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: First quarter of the 20th century – This beautifully detailed Persian Baluch bag depicts a stunning triad of long, woolly fringes, that pop against a series of intricate wolf’s mouth motifs, which are placed over a nuanced brown background. The wolf’s mouth is one of the most important protection symbols for farmers and semi-nomadic groups that maintain herds of cattle, which are susceptible to predators. Secondary rows of decorative embellishments flank the graphic series of scissoring wolf’s mouth motifs and interlaced lozenges that cross this artful bag. This exquisite Baluch bag with its lush fringes and serious symbolic decorations represent the creative ways Baluchi weavers incorporate superstition and art into functional items. An appealing composition, this antique Baluch bag from Persia is also an important and noteworthy cultural artifact, the construction and composition of which offers a unique and intimate insight into an entire culture.