Cute little vintage Kuchi bar pendant with small bells.
Length: About 3.25 inches (includes hook and dangles)
Width: About 2-1/8 inches
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: Slightly Brassy
Jewels: Small, Glass - red, green
Finish: Unpolished, with some dots of red
Attachment: Hook at the top.
Kuchi pendant with small bell dangles. About 3.25 inches from top to bottom, including hook and dangles. About 2-1/8 inches wide. Mixed metals are slightly brassy and unpolished. There are some dots of red color on the face of this pendant. I don't know if this is paint, some other type of coloring agent, or if it's magic marker (it really could be). Kuchi pendants are perfect little details for tribal costuming.
The story of Kuchi jewelry, like all tribal jewelry, is rich with influences from many cultures. These beautiful pieces with colorful glass jewels and jingling bells originally came from the nomadic Pashtoon tribes that wandered the border areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, along ancient routes between the seasons, moving down from the mountains in the winter and back to their homes in the summer. The word Kuchi itself is derived from a Persian word meaning migration, in relation to nomads or gypsies, and does not describe a particular group or people, but rather a state of being.