Pr. Traditional Tibetan Turquoise Earrings
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1920: item # 484947
Please refer to our stock # 16146 when inquiring.
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
These huge turquoise earrings are worn to appear as
ear ornaments but they are more commonly attached to
the hair or worn tied together and hung so that they hang
next to the ear. They are much too heavy to be worn through
a hole in the ear, even if it were large enough to allow the
hook at the back to pass through it.
They are known as ekhor and are a very traditional design among Tibetan women in Tibet and in Nepal.
Many steps go into their making from the cutting, shaping, and polishing of the turquoise - there are nineteen or twenty separate pieces of turquoise in each earring - to crafting the silver which holds them all together.
Each of these earrings is six inches long and weighs 3.5 ounces.