Courtesy of the Wolters Collection.
Şameran is queen of the snakes and is a mythical creature predating Islam. She is a popular image in weaving and in other art forms such as glass painting. Her image is currently used as Nazarlik. For more information, see our January 2010 exhibition on the subject.
This example is from Azeri people living in Iran. Mid 20th century. Soumac weave on sheeps wool with silk highlights.