Turkmen children’s ornaments have a special charm, different from the more imposing works made for women; they are smaller and more whimsical. Amulets in various shapes and sizes, singly or in pairs, were sewn onto boys’ clothing, generally on the back but sometimes on a bib. They illustrate the original function of ornament in Turkmen culture as protection against the evil eye and sickness, but also evoke the children’s world of play. Examples of the latter are animal-shaped amulets such as a pair of camels (nos. 2009.530.3a, b) or bow-and-arrow-shaped amulets (smaller versions of the works discussed under pectorals nos. 2010.501.7 and 2012.206.4 and headdress ornaments nos. 2016.714.2, .3, and 2009.530.5a, b). Square amulets surmounted by ram’s-horn terminals are among the most distinctive Turkmen ornaments because of the prominent terminals.
Nos. 2010.501.6a, b and 2017.639.9 present variations on this type. Both are square, inset with carnelians at the center, and embellished with appliqué or fire gilding. The ram’s-horn terminals are both playful and anthropomorphic; the latter characteristic is sometimes attributed to other Turkmen ornaments, particularly adamlik temple pendants.
Layla S. Diba in [Diba 2011]
52. See Rudolph, Hermann. Der Turkmenenschmuck: Sammlung Kurt Gull. Exh. cat., Museum Rietberg Zürich; Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin. Stuttgart, 1984, p. 72, figs. A1–A3; and Steffan, Roland, and Hans- Jörg Schwabl. Silberglanz und Kleiderpracht der Seidenstrassen: Sammlung Kurt Gull. Exh. cat., Volkerkundemuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2004, p. 143, fig. 97, for images of a bib and a boy’s coat respectively.
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, Toronto, Canada (by 2006–10; 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. 122, pp. 168-169, ill. p. 168 (color).
Artist: Date: early 20th century Accession Number: L.2006.39.77 Date: early 20th centuryMedium: Silver, fire-gilded, with stamped beading, silver shot, decorative wire, wire chains, embossed pendants, and glass inlays over red foil, lacquer, or clothAccession: L.2006.39.77On view in:Not on view
Artist: Date: late 19th–early 20th century Accession Number: 2013.968.8 Date: late 19th–early 20th centuryMedium: Silver; fire-gilded and repousse with openwork and beaded stamped decoration, table cut carnelian, embossed pendants, and perforated terminations.Accession: 2013.968.8On view in:Not on view
Artist: Date: late 19th–early 20th century Accession Number: 2012.206.8 Date: late 19th–early 20th centuryMedium: Silver, fire-gilded and engraved/punched with stamped, beaded and applique decoration and table cut carnelians and slightly domed carbelians with silver link chains, bells/beads and embossed pendantsAccession: 2012.206.8On view in:Not on view
Artist: Date: late 19th–early 20th century Accession Number: 2014.714.13 Date: late 19th–early 20th centuryMedium: Silver; fire-gilded and chased, with openwork, decorative wire, wire chains and pendants with applied decoration, embossed decoration, bells, and table cut carneliansAccession: 2014.714.13On view in:Not on view