Amulet, late 19th–early 20th century
Attributed to the Karakalpak tribe, present–day Uzbekistan
Silver, fire gilded with false granulation and twisted wire and beaded wire decoration, gilded and silver appliqués, chain–link and cone–shaped pendants with slightly domed and cabochon–cut carnelians and turquoise beads; 9 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (24.1 x 26.7 cm)
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2008 (2008.579.12)
This amulet, in the shape of a triangle, or tumar, was worn on the chest and presents an interesting variation of the standard tumar design. Instead of a mountain motif, a pair of horns crowns the piece. A cylindrical tube, or bozbend, embellished with cabochon-cut carnelians and turquoise beads features prominently in the center. It would have held a Muslim prayer scroll, thus enhancing the talismanic powers of the entire piece. The solidness of the upper part is balanced by the dangling elements extending below it, which produced a soft, pleasant sound.