This is a lovely old Turkomen Turquoise and Silver Pendant from Afghanistan. Turkomen Jewelry hails from a nomadic group of people who have lived for centuries in southwestern Central Asia and northeastern Iran. Located along the old Silk Road Trade Route that connects the East and the West, this region includes present day Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and parts of Kazakhstan and Afghanistan. Turkomen Jewelry has a characteristically distinctive style consisting of silver or metal pieces, sometimes simply crafted, and being visually beautiful. Detailing is meticulous, consisting of carefully incised patterns and tiny embossed medallions fused to jewelry surfaces and conforming to the various tribal traditions. Twisted, coiled, and whipped silver wire designs are also prevalent techniques which even today cannot be replicated by machine. The variety of shape and design found in Turkmen Jewelry is astounding. Round and triangular shapes represent the feminine, whereas square and rectangular shapes symbolize the masculine. This is a lovely pendant and would wonderful to wear or to give as a gift.
2 3/4" long
1 3/4" wide
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