Not for sale … yet …
Yomut silver, early 20th century dorsal plait ornament from Central Asia or Afghanistan. Applied fire gilded decoration, semi spherical bell and red Afghanistan inscribed glass inserts on substantial side adornments, loop in loop chains.
Lots of age on this one: it carries its history well. There is a small piece missing at the top of the section but it has been filed down, so important was this piece in the family dowry. This would have been part of a greater piece like a temporal or body ornament. These were worn for truly special occasions.
Show soft signs of wear and use, considering age is more than 100 years. 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.
See more examples of Yomut jewelery in ???Turkmen Jewelry – Silver ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection? and “Jewelery of the Orient – Treasures from the Bir Collection.?
Size: 420mm x 80mm
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 Iran, 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.