Vintage Turkoman headpiece with long dangles and glass insets.
Top Band Length (across the forehead): 16.75 inches
Dangles Length: 8.5 inches
Materials: Mixed metals, glass jewels
Metal Color: Slightly Brassy, Tarnished
Jewel Color: Orange along the top. Red and blue on the small pendants.
Attachment: This headpiece originally had pins that were traditionally used to pin this headpiece to a cylindrical hat with dangles haging before the face/eyes. All pins have been removed.
Lovely Turkoman headpiece with glass jewels. About 16.75 inches across with 8.5 inch dangles. Traditional Turkoman style detailing. Mixed metals are a tarnished, unpolished and slightly brassy in color. This is truly a traditional piece. Linked pieces originally included pins with traditional rams horn. The tops of these pins are still in place, but the pins have been removed (I think they were snapped off) which makes it a bit more desirable as a costuming piece for dancers. Long dangles originally functioned as something of a veil. This piece could be sewn into a headpiece if you wish, or could be used on costume belts for added detail. The larger glass pieces on the top links are rusty orange and meant to simulate carnelain stone which functioned as a protective amulet. This piece is quite substantial.
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 is 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.