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Turkmen Jewelry from the Collection of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf

October 9, 2012–February 24, 2013

Ceremonial Objects

In addition to jewelry, Turkmen silversmiths produced objects for ceremonial purposes, such as silver whips inlaid with turquoise and carnelian. The table-cut turquoise found on one of the whips here appears on an outsized ring as well, suggesting that both objects were produced in an urban setting, also the likely source of the headdress ornament in the shape of a double bird. The ornately shaped armbands studded with small turquoise and carnelian may be a relatively recent creation of a Kazakh craftsman who used the long-lived motif of unusually shaped birds' heads. Despite their enormous size, double finger rings were given to women who acted as matchmakers.