Turkoman Amulet Holder, Fire-gilded Silver with Carnelians


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  • Turkoman vintage amulet holder, elaborately fire-gilded silver with 23 carnelian cabochons. This was traditionally part of a brides jewelry.
  • Amulets held great importance the nomadic Tukoman, even the materials that housed them were of great importance. Silver was associated with the moon and thus also women while carnelians were believed to protect against bleeding, wounds and miscarriages.
  • The stunning assemblage consists of the central amulet case, 6 fire-gilded links set with carnelians, 3 dangles set with carnelians, 9 silver bells and a handmade silver chain
  • There are no doubt a few women who could wear this today, but for most of us it makes a stunning wall decoration.
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  • Turkoman jewelry is characterized by its large scale, the use of fire-gilding on silver, granulation, and sinuous lines full of meaning to those who have studied the culture. Traditionally only carnelian stones were used, but now some lapis lazuli, black onyx and even turquoise is incorporated, mostly for export.
  • The nomadic Turkoman people have traditionally migrated throughout Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan since the 11th century, finding new grazing for their herds of goats, sheep, horses and camels.  They are known for their carpet making skills, and fabulous jewelry for humans and animals. Today many have settled and become farmers in Turkmenistan, but other groups try to maintain their nomadic lifestyle.