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Pair of antique massive Turmenistan silver carnelian Cuff bracelets

Pair of antique massive Turmenistan silver carnelian Cuff bracelets

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Silver: Coin: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1489915
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Matching Pair of heavy high quality silver cuff bracelets, Tekke people, Turmenistan, c. late 19th.-early 20th. cent.

Women in the nomadic communities of what is today Turkmenistan often wore heavy, conspicuous jewellery. Girls were provided with such pieces on marriage as part of their dowry and the pieces were added to as the couple grew more affluent. This pair of cuff bracelets is an example of such jewellery.

This pair of bracelets are tapered so that they fit the contours of the wrist like cuffs. They are decorated with three bands separated by raised borders edged with pearled wire. The bands are decorated with engraved, stylised foliate motifs against a fire-gilded background. Orange-red oval carnelian (agate) plaques (one or two are near-contemporary glass replacements) are mounted in gilded silver box settings.

Size: c. 9 cm. tall and weighing c. 426 grams! Inner diameter c. 54-55 mm. - not flexible.

Provenance: Collection of Gunna Munkvad, Denmark, aquired from the 1960s-1980s.