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 pendants
21 3/8 x 21 7/8 in. (54.3 x 55.6 cm)
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2012
Not on view
This Teke dorsal plait ornament is a remarkably sophisticated example of the musical dimension of Turkmen jewelry: each bell and pendant is filled with a different weight, resulting in a symphony of diverse notes as the body moves.
Laila S. Diba in [Diba 2011]
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, Toronto, Canada (by 2006–12; 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. 41, pp. 84-85, ill. p. 85 (color).
Date: late 19th–early 20th centuryMedium: Silver; fire-gilded with punched and stamped openwork decoration, silver twisted chains with embossed pendants, and table cut carneliansAccession: 2011.584.8On view in:Not on view