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Teke Turkoman Tribal Pectoral Plate Jewelry

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Teke Turkoman Tribal Pectoral Plate Jewelry
Two pierced and jeweled diamond-shaped metal plates are Teke Turkoman in design. A similar 19th century pectoral plate is pictured in the periodical, Arts of Asia, May/June 2009, on page 122 in the article “Beyond Orientalism: Works Inspired by Islamic Art,” by Lucien De Guise, curator of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. Other similar rhomboid pectoral jewelry is pictured in “The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan,” by Johannes Kalter, Thames and Hudson, 1984, page 126. The two 19th century plates pictured here were found in Khevsureti, an eastern province in the Republic of Georgia, where they may have been taken from Turkmenistan or elsewhere in Central Asia. Historically, the jewelry made in Khevsureti showed strong Central Asian, or Islamic, influence so it also is possible that the piece originated there in the Georgian Caucasus. Kalter, in “The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan,” shows rhomboid jewelry of similar design that originated in Afganistan and Kazakstan and mentions Russian pieces that evoke the Turkoman forms. The pectoral plates were worn individually or in pairs. The design of these plates is exuberant, with piercing, engraving, beading, carnelians and 18 hanging silver teardrops. The two parts hook together and each has a small loop on the outer end. Pectoral plates such as this can be used as highly ornamental belt closings by attaching a narrow sash or piece of leather to the loops at the outer ends. Both these pieces are in excellent condition. Dimensions of the two when hooked together: width 10” (26 cm), height 6” (15 cm).

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