Exhibitions/ Art Object

Collar Stud

Object Name:
Collar stud
20th century
Attributed to Iran or Central Asia
Silver with parcel-gilt stamping, embossing, glass stones, and turquoise beads
Max. D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm) Max. Diam. 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2007
Accession Number:
Not on view
Part of the everyday clothing of the Turkmen women, flower collars, or guljaka, close the front of a dress. Even these utilitarian decorations carried symbolic meanings similar to other silver jewelry. While the guljaka was especially common in the regions of Turkmenia (today the area south of Kazakhstan and north of Iran), by the eighteenth century its use spread throughout Central Asia and was worn by all Turkoman tribes. This scalloped silver collar stud consists of two gilded disks soldered together, embossed with vine and floral patterns in low relief, and embellished with turquoise and glass stones.
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, Toronto, Canada (until 2007; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Turkmen Jewelry," October 9, 2012–February 24, 2013, no. 81.

Diba, Layla S. "Silver Ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection." In Turkmen Jewelry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 81, p. 130, ill. pl. 81 (color).

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