Silver; with silver shot, table-cut carnelians, turquoise beads, and gilded loop-in-loop chains with pendants
9 x 11 1/2 in. (22.9 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2006
Not on view
Turkmen women wear a variety of different headdresses called sinsile. This piece, an example of the type worn by young girls every day until they are married, is remarkable for its opulence. It is a crown richly embellished with 377 turquoise beads and 33 table-cut carnelians. Thirteen pendants in teardrop form suspended from chains hang from the bottom section of the crown. The upper section is decorated with three half moons, a symbol of the rise and decline of human life.
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. 12, pp. 58-59, ill. p. 59 (color).