Antique Turkmen 'Cheikel', Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, ...

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TJ1

This rare and beautiful 'cheikel' - amulet holder - is part-gilded on silver with embossed silver discs and table-cut carnelians around the border, one in the centre and three on the left side of the leather strap and six on the right side. Around the central table-cut carnelian are four cabochon-cut carnelians. Two other cabochon-cut carnelians can be seen in the top pentagonal shape symbols on each side of the leather strap.
Made by Teke Turkmen in the Akhal Oasis of Turkmenistan during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Full Size: 63cm x 18cm (2' 1" x 7").
Size of Amulet Pouch: 18cm wide x 16cm (7" x 6") deep.
£1,250

Antique Turkmen Pectoral Decoration, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian ...

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TJ3

A magnificent Yomut Turkmen pectoral amulet made at the end of the 19th century with fire-gilded silver and embellished with carnelians.
Size: 17cm (7") long x 15cm (6") wide.
£750

Antique Large Turkmen 'Asyk', Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian ...

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TJ2

A stunning fire-gilded 'asyk' - amulet - with one single table-cut carnelian in the centre.
I can safely say this was made at the end of the 19th century and pieces like this are now extremely scarce.
Size: 12cm (4.5") long x 7cm (2.5") at widest part.
£650

Antique Turkmen Pectoral Amulet, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian ...

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BM/PC5

A magnificent Yomut Turkmen pectoral amulet made at the end of the 19th century with fire-gilded silver and embellished with carnelians.
Size: 17cm (7") deep x 15cm (6") wide.
£575

Antique Turkmen Asyk, Yomut Tribes, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM/PC6

A stunning fire-gilded 'asyk' - amulet - with one single table-cut carnelian in the centre.
I would safely say this was made at the end of the 19th century.
Size: 12cm (4.5") deep.
£275

Antique Turkmen Cordiform Pendant, Tekke Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM976

This fabulous Cordiform Pendant was made by Tekke Turkmen and dated on the back on each of the hinges, 1326 or 1908 in the solar calendar. It is also inscribed in the top centre back. This magnificent piece of Turkmen jewellery is fire-gilded and contains one table-cut carnelian in the centre and surrounded by cabuchon-cut carnelians.
Size: 28cm x 16.5cm (11" x 6.5").
SOLD

Antique 'Sinsile' (Head-Band), Ersari Turkmen Tribes, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM1003

This rare and beautiful 'sinsile' or head-band, once belonged to a woman of the Ersari Turkmen tribes during the 19th century and would have been attached to her hat. It is made in silver, fire-gilded with stamped plaques, loop-in-loop chains, pendants and table-cut carnelians.
Size: 57cm deep x 40cm wide (1' 10" deep x 1' 4" wide).
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Antique Turkmen 'Selpeli Guljaka', Tekke Tribes, Murgab ...

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BM999

This fabulous ornamental disc or 'selpeli guljaka' was made by Tekke Turkmen around 1880-1900. It is part-gilded on silver with glass in table-cut and cabochan-cut and a single table-cut carnelian in the centre.
Size: 27cm x 17cm (11" x 7").
SOLD

Turkmen Sacmondzuk/Gurbagka-Choza, Western Yomut Nomads, Trans-Caspian Steppes, ...

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BM1152

This rare and beautiful dorsal plait ornament, referred to as a Sacmondzuk or Gurbagka-Choza, was made by Western Yomut Turkmen around 1880-1900. It is made in silver with soldered-on gilded silver discs and carnelians in cabouchan and table-cut.
Size: 51cm long x 20cm wide.
SOLD

Turkmen 'Tumar', Teke Tribes, Akhal Oasis, Turkmenistan, ...

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BM/AU

The Turkmen use the word 'tumar' to refer to a type of pectoral pendant or amulet and is based on the principle of the rhombus which consists of three parts - the upper part; the tumar proper with the symbolic mountain motif and vertical west-east orientation; a middle part consisting of a 'bozbend' tube with a horizontal west-east orientation and a lower part consisting of an inverted mountain motif from which silver, luminous world-spheres fall as pendants. The trichotomic world-picture recurs in all three parts.
In Soviet ethnography, tumar pectoral ornaments are regarded almost exclusively as amulets, an interpretation which can be attributed to Islamic influence and its interpretation of the tumar. I share the view with others that this is not the case and its true meaning should be sought in the ancient nomadic art of the Turco-Mongols.
This magnificent tumar dates to the mid-3rd quarter of the 19th century and is part-gilded on silver, carnelians in cabochon-cut and woollen cloth underlay coloured red and green.
Size: 30cm wide x 33cm deep including tassels. (12" x 13")
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Antique Turkmen Comb, Tekke Tribes, Turkmenistan, Central ...

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BM1000

This stunning Tekke woman's comb was made of wood and silver, chased, and set with cabochan and table-cut carnelians surrounded with turquoise beads - the same on both sides.
Size: 8cm x 5cm (3" x 2").
SOLD

Antique Yomut Turkmen Asyk, Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan ...

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BM/FS

This beautiful Asyk or pendant was made by the Western Yomut Turkmen tribe - 12cm deep x 8cm at the widest point.
Dating to the last quarter 19th century, the part-gilded on silver amulet consists of 3 cabouchon carnelians and 1 large table-cut carnelian in the centre.
SOLD