Headdress, late 19th–early 20th century
Central Asia or Iran
Silver, table–cut carnelians, turquoise beads, silver gilded link chain; 9 x 11 1/2 in. (22.9 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2006 (2006.544.8)
Turkmen women wear a variety of different headdresses called sinsile. This piece, an example of the type worn by young girls every day until they are married, is remarkable for its opulence. It is a crown richly embellished with 377 turquoise beads and 33 table-cut carnelians. Thirteen pendants in teardrop form suspended from chains hang from the bottom section of the crown. The upper section is decorated with three half moons, a symbol of the rise and decline of human life.