Silver; fire-gilded and chased, with niello inlay, decorative wire, and table-cut carnelians
10 x 6 1/8 in. (25.4 x 15.6 cm)
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2006
Not on view
The inclusion of niello, or black composite, decoration on this magnificent pendant is unusual in Turkmen jewelry. The technique is found in the urban metalwork of Central Asia and may indicate that the piece was a special commission from an urban workshop for a Turkmen patron. The split-palmette leaf arabesque is a long-lived motif of Islamic art, while the silver wire filigree and twisted rope wire border are common to Teke and Yomut Turkmen jewelry
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, Toronto, Canada (until 2006; 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. 47, pp. 92-93, ill. pl. 47 (color).