'Bilezek' Cuff (#6) - Tekke people, Turkmenistan (Central Asia)
'Bilezek' Cuff (#6) - Tekke people, Turkmenistan (Central Asia)
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'Bilezek' Cuff (#6) - Tekke people, Turkmenistan (Central Asia)

$695.00
Title: 'Bilezek' Cuff Material: Tribal silver, gilding and carnelian People: Tekke Country:Turkmenistan, Central Asia (CGM2) Description: Women in the nomadic communities of what is today Turkmenistan, often wore heavy, conspicuous jewelry. Worn as part of the bridal dowry, the cuffs were always worn in pairs. The bracelets were tapered so that they fit the contours of the wrists. The red carnelian (sometimes glass) was believed to protect the wearer against miscarriage and disease. Red was associated with happiness & fertility. The bracelets, open on one side are edged with serrated, triangular elements known as ësnake headsí meant to symbolize life and give the wearer further talismanic protection. The fire gilding is characteristic of Tekke jewelry. The process involved the application of a mixture of mercury and gold to the surface of the silver. Heating caused the mercury to evaporate leaving a gold layer fixed to the surface. Dimensions: 3" height x 3" width x 3/8" depth x 5 1/2" inner circumference
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