Crown

Date: late 19th–early 20th century

Geography: Central Asia or Iran

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Silver; with silver shot, table-cut carnelians, turquoise beads, and gilded loop-in-loop chains with pendants

Dimensions: 9 x 11 1/2 in. (22.9 x 29.2 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2006

Accession Number: 2006.544.8

Description

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.

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