Vintage Kuchi matakai headpeice pendant - single.
Length: About 5.5 inches (includes ring and dangles)
Width: About 3.5 inches
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: Silvery, tarnished
Attachment: Hook at the top
Price listed is for a single pendant.
Large Kuchi matakai pendant with red and green jewels and a bit of blue beading. About 5.5 inches from hook to bottom of dangles, and about 3.5 inches wide. Matakai pendants are tradtionally worn on a headpiece with these pendants, usually in a matching pair, hanging over the sides or slightly toward the front of the forehead. Made of silvery-colored, tarnished mixed metals. Unpolished. This pendnat is DOUBLE-SIDED and has large red and green glass jewels on the reverse side. Kuchi pendants are very versatile and can be used for many costuming purposes.
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.