Vintage Silver Turkmen Headdress Ornament Can Be Worn as a Necklace
This is a beautiful Silver Turkmen Headdress ornament that originally adorned a hat and has been converted into a necklace. It is made of three tiers. The top has elongated pieces worked in repousse. The middle has a diamond shaped row of elements also worked in repousse to reveal a four petaled flower. The final tier is a row of diamond shaped dangles which would form a fringe over the wearer's forehead. The ornament tests as silver in all its parts. a small 8 shaped addition forms the closure. You can see a similar example in Diba, Layla S. "Turkmen Jewelry: Silver Ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection." and also in Johannes Kalter's The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan
Length is 41 cm (16"). Drop is 14 cm (5 1/2"). Weight 111.8 g.