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Teke Turkomen Silver Amulet Ornament

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Jewelry: Pre 1920: item # 707253

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Teke Turkomen Silver Amulet Ornament
From Turkmenistan, Central Asia, this silver amulet of the Teke Turkomen people is formed to represent three stylized sets of rams' horns in ascending sizes. A large, flat carnelian centers the largest horn, the other two have small black stones, possibly agate. Although the ornament now hangs from a leather cord as a pendant necklace, it originally was sewn to clothing to ward off evil. The Teke are among a number of Central Asian nomadic Turkic tribes known for silver jewelry designed with symbolic, highly stylized shapes that represented animals, birds, trees and flowers. (See "The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan," by Johannes Kalter, Thames and Hudson, 1984.) This rams horn piece has three small pendants, two teardrops and a bell, hanging on long chains from the bottom horn. The pendants are in the round (not flat on the back side), an identifying characteristic of Teke ornaments. This exotic tribal amulet jewelry from the early 20th century is in very good condition. The length of the pendant is 7" (18 cm), The length of the leather cord is 28" (46 cm).

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