Pair of Turkoman tenechir headpiece pendants.
Length: 9 inches
Width: 2.75 inches
Materials: Mixed metals, glass jewels
Metal Color: Silvery white metal
Finish: Unpolished but a bit shiny
Jewel Color: Red and blue
Attachment: Hook at the top
Pair of Turkoman tenechir pendants with red and blue jewels. About 2.75 inches across and 9 inches long (including dangles). Hook at the top of each piece for attaching. Dangles make a nice jingle. Mixed metals are a silvery white mixed metals and are unpolished, but a bit shiny. These classic pieces of Turkoman jewelry are called "tenechir" and are used at the sides of headpieces, hanging along side the face. This pair is newer and is a little shiny, but not brand new, and has begun to tarnish a little. Overall this is a nice pair and well made in traditional methods. Nice weight and feel.
The Turkoman are an ethnic group native to Central Asia, primarily the Turkmen nation state of Turkmenistan. Smaller communities are also found in Iran, Afghanistan, North Caucasus (Stavropol Krai), and northern Pakistan. The major Turkmen tribes are Tekke, Yomut, Ersari, Chowdur and Saryk. The most numerous are the Tekke. The Turkmen lifestyle was heavily invested in horsemanship and horse-breeding. In spite of changes prompted by the Soviet period, the Turkmen have remained very well known for their horses, the Akhal-Teke desert horse and also for their unique and beautiful jewelry traditions.