Turkmen 'Tumar', Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, Turkmenistan, ...

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The Turkmen use the word 'tumar' to refer to a type of pectoral pendant or amulet and is based on the principle of the rhombus which consists of three parts - the upper part; the tumar proper with the symbolic mountain motif and vertical west-east orientation; a middle part consisting of a 'bozbend' tube with a horizontal west-east orientation and a lower part consisting of an inverted mountain motif from which silver, luminous world-spheres fall as pendants. The trichotomic world-picture recurs in all three parts.
In Soviet ethnography, tumar pectoral ornaments are regarded almost exclusively as amulets, an interpretation which can be attributed to Islamic influence and its interpretation of the tumar. I share the view with others that this is not the case and its true meaning should be sought in the ancient nomadic art of the Turco-Mongols.
This magnificent tumar dates to the mid-3rd quarter of the 19th century and is part-gilded on silver, carnelians in cabochon-cut and woollen cloth underlay coloured red and green.
Size: 30cm wide x 33cm deep including tassels. (12" x 13")
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Antique Turkmen 'Selpeli Guljaka', Tekke Tribes, Murgab ...

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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, ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 Turkmen Asyk, Teke Tribes, Merv or ...

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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 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, ...

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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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