Pair of Turkoman gul yaka or "neck flower" pendants.
Length: 6.25 inches
Width: 3 inches
Materials: Mixed metals, glass jewels
Metal Color: Silvery to slightly brassy
Jewel Color: Deep Red
Attachment: Bale at the top
Pair of Turkoman Gul Yaka pendants with red jewels. About 3 inches across and 6.25 inches long (including dangles). Bale at the top of each piece for attaching. Dangles make a nice jingle. Mixed metals are a silvery to slightly brassy color, unpolished. 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.