Turkoman Antique Horse Pendant with Carnelians and 5 Silver Bells

ASF-64

Regular price $295.00

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  • Antique Turkoman horse pendant, elaborately etched with traditional fire-gilded designs and set with 4 carnelian cabochons
  • Unlike newer versions which are a single sheet of silver, this one is two sheets made into an elaborate horse shaped flat box (soldered closed)
  • Handmade chain links the 5 silver bells to the horse's body
  • This exceptional piece is one-of-a-kind
  • 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.