Triangular Amulet Holder

Object Name: Amulet holder

Date: late 19th–early 20th century

Geography: Country of Origin Central Asia

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Silver with stamped beading, decorative wire, ram's-head terminals, glass inlays over red foil, lacquer, or cloth, wire chains, and spherical beads.

Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (29.2 x 23.8 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.544.9


This piece of silver jewelry takes the form of a triangle, or a tumar, and rested on the wearer's chest. Tumar-shaped jewelry usually consists of three sections: a triangular mountain motif, a bozbend tube meant for prayer scrolls, and an inverted mountain symbol from which spherical pendants are suspended. This tumar is decorated with six horn motifs and embellished with twelve pieces of red glass. Different from other glass embellishments, these are set in false granulated borders--in the shape of cartouches and teardrops--and are covered with vine and geometric filigree.