Intact Yomut dorsal amulet box with firegilding on silver, and many table cut carnelians. Fantastic gilded application, with beautiful detail. All carnelains are original, there is very minor wear around the bezels. Six floral motif side pendants in original condition Loop in loop chain leading to bell dangles. Ram?۪s head finial. This would have been an important piece of protective amulet jewellery and a sign of status and wealth. and would have had auspicious verses from the Koran placed in the amulet holder, which would have been removed before it was sold on from the family. A museum quality piece, highly collectible.
Central Asia or Afghanistan, late 19th early 20th century.
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.
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 “Jewelry of the Orient – Treasures from the Bir Collection.”
Size: 390mm x 110mm
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.