Short temple pendant or earrings, mid-late 19th Century Central Asia or Iran. Teke silver, with old carnelians, and six pieces of turquoise glass or beads to represent turquoise. These temple pendants are shorter versions of hanging temple pendants, decorated in typical Teke style with arabesque scrolls and carnelians.
Beautiful soft wear commensurate with its age and value in the family. All pieces are intact and there is no sign of repair. This would have been part of a greater piece like a temporal or body ornament. These were worn for truly special occasions.
It has five cabochon cut old carnelians, which show soft signs of wear and use, considering their age is more than 100 years. Four dangles, please note that the chains have been replaced in two of them, but match, as do all the pendant drops. There are the traditional turquoise beads ad various points.
This would make a fabulous neck ornament or just a great piece for your Turkmen collection. I found it in Istanbul. Very good condition with beautiful soft patina. I have not polished this piece up to its possible glory.
Size: 90mm x 200mm
A bit of Turkmen history !
Turkmen Jewellery has a particularly distinct style that has been coveted throughout the centuries for its intricate workmanship, exquisite designs and ornamental quality. These jewels of Central Asia – from Turkmenostan and I ran, were made by the urban silversmiths and Turkmen tribal craftsmen throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Their elegant forms, geometric shapes and delicate openwork tell the story of a culture as much as having decorative impact. All pieces are worked with silver, over which gold leaf is fire gilded, creating warm, beautiful patterns that contrast with gemstones, most often cabochon or table cut carnelian and lapis.
Turkmen jewellery is highly collectible. The pieces you’ll find today were often part of greater temple pieces, head dresses and crowns, pectorals and wall decorations.