Vintage Turkoman long pendant.
Length: 15.75 inches
Width: 2 inches
Materials: Mixed metals, glass jewels
Metal Color: Slightly brassy
Jewel Color: Red and Green
Attachment: Bale at the top with a short chain attached
Large bell dangles
Long Turkoman pendant with glass jewels. About 15.75 inches long (including bell dangles) and 2.25 inches across. Mixed metals are a slightly brassy color, unpolished. Two "goddess" pendant pieces and one small plaque in the center with glass jewels and large bell dangles. These long pieces are traditionally used as side pendants on headpieces but make nice additions to belts and other costuming items.
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.