Chakmakchi Phon 1

Chakmakchi Phon (Iraq) / c. 1953

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Design: Though suggestive of a waving flag, the red and green panels at the top and bottom of the design are depicted in a 'yin-yang' form, with a gold ground interposed between them. The colour scheme (red, symbolizing either valour or blood, gold, symbolizing either wealth or the sun, and green, symbolizing either the earth or Islam) seems to be based on an older version of the Iraqi flag (right). The illustration/logo above the spindle hole shows a camel and its rider passing by an oasis. Why the pressing was done in Sweden is unknown; perhaps there were no record-pressing plants in that part of the Middle East.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to Label scan courtesy of collector Michael Robertson of Canada.

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