AUD $580.00

Ersari Turkoman, Carnelian and Silver Earhooks

A sculptural pair of silver Ersari (Olam ?) Turkoman Earhooks, with inscribed swirling foliate designs, and edged with strips of stamped beading surrounding a central flat round Carnelian bead held in with a plain worn bezel.
I’m assuming they’re Ersari, and I lean towards the Olam sub group of Ersari even, as they are very similar to the Olam Ersari wrist cuffs we have. (both the engraving and the ball border are characteristic of Olam.)

The flat round Carnelian is a mid translucent red with the central drilling visible deep within the stone, (from when it was made as a bead to be threaded) It was originally polished but now has a finely scratched patina from wear.

They are pretty heavy, but to support their size, they have a fairly thick earhook, about 1.6 mm or 14 gauge, therefore only for fairly experienced lobes.

They have a lovely grey patina, and even an inner glow in some lights, I wouldn’t polish them, but if you decide to, gently use a dry cloth to remove any loose oxide....then if you want more shine use a dry "silver polishing cloth".

At this size, they may have started out worn, hanging from the temple, rather than the ear.

Although it is Turkoman it was probably made by Turkoman refugees living in Afghanistan, some of whom have been there since the 1920's.

Age: Mid/ Late 20 th Century.

Size: W 52mm x H 142 mm

Weight: 58 grams