About the Collection
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About the Collection

Central Asian nomadic art in the Museum of Asian Art is represented by approximately 200 items. They all belong to the Jason Deighton-Sarzetakis collection, which was donated by his parents Yiannis Sarzetakis and Ruth Deighton. The items date back mostly to the 19th century. They reflect the collectors’ taste as exquisite specimens of the original Central Asian nomads’ aesthetics created for personal and non commercial use.

Among them stand out handmade rugs, textiles and kilims made by Baluch nomads and their neighbors, as well as traditional garments, silk Ikats, embroideries, jewellry, Susanis, coins of the Indogreeks. Furthermore 19th century European journals illustrated with Central Asian nomads’ gravures, as well as many specialized editions and magazines, such as the HALI.

This collection is of particular importance as it enriches the Museum.

The permanent exhibition of the collection is currently ongoing in the west wing of the second floor of the Museum.

  • Yellow married woman’s Chirpy (coat), 19th century first half, collar to hem length: 120 cm / with the tassels: 133 cm, silk embroidery on handmade cotton cloth, Tekke (Turkmen tribe) work, Turkmenistan, Sarzetakis Collection
  • Woman’s headdress, 19th century, 85x12 cm, silk embroidery on handmade cotton cloth,  Kyrgyzstan, Sarzetakis Collection
  • Baluch bag, mid 19th century, 49x42 cm, wool (warp, weft), asymmetrically open left knot, missing mostly kilim ends, Sarzetakis Collection
  • Suzani (front & back), 19th century, 150 x 188 cm, silk embroidery on handmade cotton cloth, Tadjikistan, area of Urgut near Samarkand, Sarzetakis Collection