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SOLD Antique Islamic Central Asian Turkoman Tekke Silver Horse Trapping Jewelry


SOLD Rare, Superb quality Antique, 19th century Turkmenistan, Islamic Central Asian Turkoman Tekke horse trapping - chest-band (Ornaments, Jewelry). The large central gold gild domed silver pectoral Ornament is engraved on the border in Arabic,” Allah Agbar La Ilaha Illa Allah, Al Wahid Owsana Zaieb.” The belt is constructed of 5 rows of small continuous interlocking silver plaques riveted to the leather by brass pins, adorned with 6 various shapes of silver panels, each engraved and decorated in fire-gild and set with cabochon carnelian stones in raised settings.

This Type of horse jewelry was very expensive and exclusively affordable only for upper class (Nobility) of Turkmen people. Due to the richness and beauty of the jewelry, it was also used by the aristocracy of other Islamic countries, as a symbol of wealth and high rank. There are five examples of such quality Turkmen horse jewelry preserved in the National Museum of Turkmenistan. Published in the book Turkmen Jewelry by Layla S. Diba.

Also, similar Turcoman Tekke horse jewelry, but not as fine quality, are in the Powerhouse Museum Collection, Sidney Australia, which belongs to the Afghani King's elite cavalry. Please see the link below.

References: For similar Breast Band, bridles please see.

The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan, by Johannes Kalter. Page: 14, 15, 45.

Turkmen Jewelry by Layla S. Diba. Page: 186, 189.

The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.

Link to Turkmen bridles:

MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 160 cm (63 inches). Dimension of the central pectoral: 7.5 cm (3 inches).Width of the belt: 5.5 cm (2.17 inches).

CONDITION: In good condition considering its age, Leather is still flexible, showing the age and usage.

WEIGHT: 1149 grams (40.48 Ounces).

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