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Triangular Amulet Holder

Object Name:
Amulet holder
Date:
late 19th–early 20th century
Geography:
present-day Uzbekistan, Karakalpak
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silver, fire-gilded, with stamped beading, silver shot, decorative wire, gilt and silver applied decoration, loop-in-loop chains, cone-shaped pendants, slightly domed and cabochon carnelians, and turquoise beads
Dimensions:
9 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (24.1 x 26.7 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.579.12
  • Description

    This amulet, in the shape of a triangle, or tumar, was worn on the chest and presents an interesting variation of the standard tumar design. Instead of a mountain motif, a pair of horns crowns the piece. A cylindrical tube, or bozbend, embellished with cabochon-cut carnelians and turquoise beads features prominently in the center. It would have held a Muslim prayer scroll, thus enhancing the talismanic powers of the entire piece. The solidness of the upper part is balanced by the dangling elements extending below it, which produced a soft, pleasant sound.

  • Provenance

    Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, New York (until 2008)

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