Silver; fire-gilded and chased, with ram’s-head upper terminals, openwork, wire chains, embossed pendants, table-cut and cabochon carnelians, and turquoise beads
With original chain: 15 5/8 x 6 7/8 in. (39.7 x 17.5 cm) without chain: 7 x 6 7/8 in. (17.8 x 17.5 cm)
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2009
Not on view
Necklets: MMA 2009.530.7 and MMA 2017.693.10
The Turkmen necklet captured the attention of nineteenth-century travelers, most famously Edmond O’Donovan, who likened it to a dog collar![2 ]. MMA 2009.530.7 exhibits the features of stiff collar, palmettes with terminals, and chains. However, there are significant divergences from the nineteenth-century prototypes. The length of the collar may indicate that it is not original, since necklets generally fell at the level of the clavicle and this example would have sat much farther down. Other differences from earlier examples include a more stylized and horizontal palmette design, more prominent and brightly colored stones, and the introduction of a new decorative technique, hatching.
MMA 2017.693.10 is closer to the prototypes, retaining the original proportions of the rectangular plaque, the double row of palmettes, the exclusive use of carnelians, and the inclusion of flat surfaces of silver with fire gilding. The small quatrefoils and palmettes that link the chains to the main body of the work are an attractive feature of this necklet.
Layla S. Diba in [Diba 2011]
2. O’Donovan, Edmond. The Merv Oasis: Travels and Adventures East of the Caspian during the Years 1879–80–81. London, 1882, vol. 2, p. 261.
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, Toronto, Canada (by 2006–9; 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. 68, p. 117, ill. pl. 68 (color).
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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: 2016.714.6 Date: late 19th–early 20th centuryMedium: Silver, fire gilded and twisted silver wire decoration with cabochon cut carnelians, silver wire chains, and embossed pendants.Accession: 2016.714.6On view in:Not on view