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Afghan, "Munchley" Temple Pendants

Sorry, this pair of munchley are no longer available.

A pair of "munchley" (temple pendants) from the Katawaz people of Ghazni in southern Afghanistan.

(Whilst very closely related, at a second or third look these two are technically not a pair. But once again this very slight difference in the details and glass beads, offer the collector the chance to have a "pair" sampling two variations.)

Made as a heavy silver hook with a conical base and a "double diamond" at the top, covered in finely embossed lightly gilded silver, with a border of small coloured glass beads in the classic "turquoise coral" palette, to ward off evil. (These gilt embosssed designs and smaller panels used to decorate the bottom "cone" are very similar to the embossed "appliques" the Yomud Turkomen use on their pieces.)

Worn hung from a headdress and the hair on the temple by nomadic women of both Afghanistan and Pakistan. (there are a very similar pair illustrated in "Ethnic Jewellery from Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands." and in "A World of Earrings" p 108 & 109.)

Hanging from a headdress or the hair, they framed the wearers face serving the same purpose as earrings, that is protecting the ears (orifices) from invasion by opportunist evil. It's all about status, banking and protection, possibly to appearances as a concession to feminity (so different to the average Western woman who "doesn't care what it is, as long as it looks good," on her!)

Both pieces are in pretty good condition with wear and minor details worn off. The largest being the button on the base of the cone, however this is not visible in normal vertical useage, just lay the other one down for display. The orange cloth binder and the red security cord are both a little grimy and worn, but that helps proove their age and authenticiy.

 I doubt these will be worn again but for the collector they're certainly a find. (I've included an image of the silver reverse to let you see their construction.)

Age: Early/Mid 20th Century (most probably Earlier.)

Size: H110 mm x W 74 mm x D 50 mm

Weight: 168 grams, the pair.