Antique Turkmen Asyk, Teke Tribes, Merv or ...

Item Number
MAC30

This magnificent Asyk measuring 28cm deep x 16cm at its widest point, was made by a Teke artisan during the last quarter of the 19th century using part-gilding on silver and carnelians in cabouchon-cut with one central carnelian in table-cut. The name implies how this ornament is attached to the plaits ('asyk' to hang up). The word 'asyk' also implies the transition from one age-group to the next i.e. the girl's attainment of married status, which is also connected with an expectation - the expectation regeneration and increase of the clan and tribe through the birth of children. The asyk is presented to the bride by the parents of the groom. The removal of the asyk after the birth of the first male child expresses the fulfilment of this expectation. Life emerges from darkness into the light of the sun and the motifs in the asyk confirm this interpretation.
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Antique Turkmen 'Selpeli Guljaka', Tekke Tribes, Murgab ...

Item Number
BM999

This fabulous ornamental disc or 'selpeli guljaka' was made by Tekke Turkmen around 1880-1900. It is part-gilded on silver with glass in table-cut and cabochan-cut and a single table-cut carnelian in the centre.
Size: 27cm x 17cm (11" x 7").
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Antique Turkmen Comb, Tekke Tribes, Turkmenistan.

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Made by the Tekke Turkmen, circa 1900-1920, this stunning comb measures 10cm long x 7cm wide. It is beautifully embossed in silver the same on both sides as can be seen in the photos and contains 3 carnelians, 2 small cabouchon and 1 large table-cut in the centre. All three are encircled with turquoise stones.
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Antique Yomut Turkmen Asyk, Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan ...

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This beautiful Asyk or pendant was made by the Western Yomut Turkmen tribe - 12cm deep x 8cm at the widest point.
Dating to the last quarter 19th century, the part-gilded on silver amulet consists of 3 cabouchon carnelians and 1 large table-cut carnelian in the centre.
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Antique Asyk, YOmut Turkmen Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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This Asyk was made by the western Yomut - size 9cm deep x 5cm at the widest point. It is a very rare and early Asyk dating to the mid 19th century possibly earlier. It has its original attached necklace with beads of small round carnelians and 4 small round silver beads. The piece is in plain silver with three soldered-on silver-gilded diamonds and one table-cut carnelian in the centre.
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Turkmen Sacmondzuk/Gurbagka-Choza, Western Yomut Nomads, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

Item Number
BM1152

This rare and beautiful dorsal plait ornament, referred to as a Sacmondzuk or Gurbagka-Choza, was made by Western Yomut Turkmen around 1880-1900. It is made in silver with soldered-on gilded silver discs and carnelians in cabouchan and table-cut.
Size: 51cm long x 20cm wide.
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Antique Turkmen Cordiform Pendant, Tekke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

Item Number
BM976

This fabulous Cordiform Pendant was made by Tekke Turkmen and dated on the back on each of the hinges, 1326 or 1908 in the solar calendar. It is also inscribed in the top centre back. This magnificent piece of Turkmen jewellery is fire-gilded and contains one table-cut carnelian in the centre and surrounded by cabuchon-cut carnelians.
Size: 28cm x 16.5cm (11" x 6.5").
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Antique Turkmen Comb, Tekke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

Item Number
BM1000

This stunning Tekke woman's comb was made of wood and silver, chased, and set with cabochan and table-cut carnelians surrounded with turquoise beads - the same on both sides.
Size: 8cm x 5cm (3" x 2").
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Antique Turkmen Dorsal Headdress Ornament, Yomut Tribe, ...

Item Number
BM1020

This charming little amulet was once worn by a woman of the Yomut Turkmen tribes and was made in silver with gilt-applied decoration, three table-cut carnelians, chains and bells.
Size: 10cm x 13cm (4" x 5").
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Antique Pair of Earings,

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Illustrated, is a pair of late 19th century Tekke Turkmen earings, both 10cm long x 6cm wide, containing an embossed silver amulet holder at the top linked to a fire-gilded piece with one table-cut carnelian in the centre, and four hanging chains.
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Antique 'Sinsile' (Head-Band), Ersari Turkmen Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

Item Number
BM1003

This rare and beautiful 'sinsile' or head-band, once belonged to a woman of the Ersari Turkmen tribes during the 19th century and would have been attached to her hat. It is made in silver, fire-gilded with stamped plaques, loop-in-loop chains, pendants and table-cut carnelians.
Size: 57cm deep x 40cm wide (1' 10" deep x 1' 4" wide).
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Antique Turkmen 'Bilezik' (Armband), Tekke Turkmen Tribes, ...

Item Number
BM1000

This beautiful armband ('bilezik') belonged to a Tekke Turkmen woman in the Akhal Oasis of Turkmenistan around 1900. This cuff is of a large size - 5 panels high - part-gilded on silver with carnelians in table-cut.
Size: 12.50cm high x 6cm dia. (5" high x 2" dia).
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Antique 'Adamlyk' (temple pendants), Western Yomut Turkmen ...

Item Number
BM1018

This magnificent pair of temple pendants ('adamlyk') once belonged to a Yomut Turkmen woman around 1900. They were attached to the sides of her hat, hanging down by the sides of her face, and displayed her wealth. Made in silver with soldered-on gilded silver discs and carnelians in table-cut.
Size: 50cm long x 6cm (1' 8" long x 2.5").
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Crown, Tekke Turkmen Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central Asia ...

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Wow!! A fabulous Crown made by Tekke Turkmen tribes around 1890-1900. This was a wedding crown that would have been worn by a bride on her wedding night. The crown is made from silver with parcel gilding and is richly decorated with intricate and symbolic scrollwork. It is set with table-cut sard carnelians and cabochon turquoise. This rare and magnificent crown is a highly collectable piece.
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