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At Land of Odds / Be Dazzled Beads – Beads, Jewelry Findings, and More


Posted by learntobead on February 13, 2013

Turkmen Jewelry from the Marshall and
Marilyn R. Wolf Collection

Exhibit at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art
Closing 2/24/13


This exhibit displays the metal and stone-set jewelry of the nomadic Turkmen people of Central Asia.


Turkmen women’s jewelry consisted of headgear in the form of crowns, caps, headbands, and braid ornaments; pendants attached to headdresses and suspended on either side of the head; earrings; pectoral and dorsal ornaments; amulet holders; appliqués for clothing; armbands; and rings.


The exhibition is organized according to the principal techniques employed by Turkmen silversmiths. One grouping shows fire gilding, a technique in which gold filings—possibly obtained from coins—were combined with mercury in a paste that was brushed onto prepared silver; heat drove off the mercury, and the remaining gold was burnished to a brilliant sheen.



Other items feature stamped beading that was produced by stamping metal from behind to obtain the appearance of individual beads or granulation on the front.



A third section focuses on the inlay of carnelian and turquoise using bezels.

The fourth major technique— openwork decoration—involved the use of a chisel or fine fret saw to cut through silver sheets.


The surface decoration is typically represented by a repetition of objects or motifs — such as lozenges, squares, ovals and diamonds.    There are style variations from tribal group to tribal group within this vast area the Turkmen people occupy.

I always like to get inspired by ethnic designs, ornamentation and construction techniques.



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