AUD $78.00

Uzbek/Turkoman Beaded Tassel.

Here's a smallish cluster of tassels made with subtle warm earthy maroons and a burnt orange (now faded to a mellow shade.)

Very old and knocked around, recycled Turkoman silver bell caps have been incorporated. Their dull patina contrasting strongly with the shiny opacity of the tiny pale blue and turquoise glass beads that have been wound onto the end of each twisted thread.

From the top burgundy tassel four more hang suspended on cords, each wound with finely twisted metallic bound threadd Pashtun opaque pale blue "Evil Eye" beads.

Old knocked around, recycled Turkoman silver bell caps have been incorporated. Their dark dull patina contrasting strongly with the shiny opacity of the tiny white glass beads that have been wound onto the end of each twisted thread.

These beads are not just decorative but are there to scare away Evil, thereby protecting the wearer from everlurking misfortune.

The loop at the top is more than a bit worn and reattached it appears, it'll do the job whilst showing its age and history of repair.  measuring about 5 mm x 10 mm inner "circumference"

These are showing their age where the padded balls just above the metal bells have rubbed so much the metallic thread that bound them has worn almost off. (greatly adding to their "mystique" without damaging their integrity.)

Can be used hanging from a key on furniture, pinned to a wall, worn on clothing or used to pull blinds, even.

These maybe from either Afghanistan or Pakistan, where they were maybe made by Pashtun, Uzbek or even Turkomen women living there, but they had made it to the border as we found them in the Khyber Pass region.

Genuinely old ones like this are now becoming much harder to find. (With some modern ones actually being marketed as vintage,)

 

Age: Mid/Late 20th Century.

 

Size: H 190 mm x W 180 mm (spread out)

 

Weight:  67grams.