Pair of vintage diamond-shaped Turkoman gul yaka or "neck flower" pendants.
Length: 5.25 inches
Width: 2.5 inches
Materials: Mixed metals, glass jewels
Metal Color: Silvery, tarnished
Jewel Color: Deep Red
Attachment: Two bales on the backs
This pair is exceptionally well made.
Price listed is for the PAIR of pendants as shown.
Pair of vintage Turkoman Gul Yaka pendants with large red glass cabochons in the center. About 2.5 inches across and 5.25 inches long. Bales on the back of each piece for attaching. Hollow dangles make a nice traditional Turkoman jingle. Mixed metals are silvery, unpolished and a bit tarnished. These classic pieces of Turkoman jewelry are called "gul yaka" or "neck flower" and are used as a fastener at the neck of coats or tunics. Also sometimes called "doonbajik".
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.