Silver; fire gilded and chased, with openwork, cabochon and table-cut carnelians, and embossed terminals
18 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (47 x 27.6 cm)
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2005
Not on view
Dorsal ornaments in heart-shaped or ashik form are common in Turkman jewelry. They often hung from the wearer's head and extended onto their backs. This example is distinguished by its imposing size, its sophisticated openwork at the center (usually plain) and the cylindrical tube or tumar used to hold talismanic Muslim prayer scrolls that crowns the piece.
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, Toronto, Canada (until 2005; gifted to MMA)
Diba, Layla S. "Silver Ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection." In Turkmen Jewelry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 48, p. 93, ill. pl. 48 (color).