Vintage Kuchi trapezoid-shaped pendant with dangles.
Length: 6 inches (includes bales and dangles)
Width: About 3.5 inches
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: A bit brassy
Attachment: Bales at the top
This pendant has the remnants of some type of brown laquer or translucent paint on the face of it. It has chipped or worn off in many places.
Kuchi pendant with dangles and red jewels. About 6 inches long, including bales and dangles, and about 3.5 inches wide. There is a layer of brown laquer or paint over some of the face of this pendant. Please see photos for detail. Mixed metals are unpolished. Kuchi pendants are perfect for tribal costuming and accessory projects.
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.