Kuchi matakai peacock headpeice pendant pair.
Length: About 4.25 inches (includes ring and dangles)
Width: About 2.5 inches
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: Silvery
Attachment: Ring at the top with attached earwires.
Price listed is for the PAIR of pendants.
Large Kuchi matakai pendant pair with glass jewels. About 4.25 inches from ring to bottom of dangles, and about 2.5 inches wide. Matakai pendants are tradtionally worn on a headpiece, with these matching pieces handing over the sides or slightly toward the front. However this pair has been converted to earrings (!) by the addition of hook style earwires (could easily be removed to use as pendants). Made of silvery mixed metals and they have been polished. Pair is matching. Quite showy and versatile. These pendants are very heavy and I would NOT recommend using them as earrings. It probably could be done if you have stretched piercings and wear tunnels, but with the thin, modern earwires through regular western piercings I think they would be much too heavy. They are better suited to using as pendants on costuming or accessories such as headpieces.
The story of Kuchi jewelry, like all tribal jewelry, is rich with influences from many cultures. These beautiful pieces with colorful glass jewels and jingling bells originally came from the nomadic Pashtoon tribes that wandered the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, along ancient routes between the seasons, moving down from the mountains in the winter and back to their homes in the summer. The word Kuchi itself is derived from a Persian word meaning migration, in relation to nomads or gypsies, and does not describe a particular group or people, but rather a state of being.