Vintage Turkoman pendant with glass jewels.
Length: About 5.5 inches
Width: 1 inch
Materials: Mixed metals, glass jewel
Metal Color: Silvery, tarnished
Jewel Color: Red, Blue
Attachment: Large hook at the top
this is a somewhat odd little Turkoman pendant with red and blue jewels. It could be that this was originally a part of another multi-section pendant, but is now a nice little bob all on it's own. About 5.5 inches long (including dangles) and 1 inch across with a large bell as one of the dangles. Nicely jingly. Silvery mixed metals, unpolished. Large hook at the top for attaching. Great little piece for adding detail to costuming. It reminds me of the small pieces from India that clip to the waist of a skirt or sari, so that's a possible use as well!
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.