Object Name: Pendant
Date: probably 20th century
Geography: Attributed to Central Asia or Iran
Medium: Silver; fire gilded and chased, with openwork, cabochon and table-cut carnelians, and embossed terminals
Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (47 x 27.6 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2005
Accession Number: 2005.443.1
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.