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Tekke Turkoman, Gilt Silver Earrings.

 

A pair of very wearable partially “fire gilt” silver dangling earrings,
made by Turkoman Silversmiths in Northern Afghanistan. 
The hook is set with a small “cabachon”  pale Turquoise dome and swinging seperately beneath it a "gilt" and silver silhouette of a "aftaba' (a spouted water ewer, used to pour water onto hands during ablutions, especially when welcoming a guest. Therefore representing "Welcome" combined with a flat oval carnelian, for protection against the "Evil Eye")

The style of gilding leads me to call these Tekke Turkoman,
but they may be in the style of, whatever the case, they look good.

The ear hook is a normal wearable thickness, and they aren’t heavy.

These are a high grade silver, possibly even Sterling.

As such, and with the thinner earwires one can assume they were made for the West, normally this might be considered negative.

But all the better for us to be able to wear them comfortably.

And on another level, by buying these we are not only supporting living Silver Smiths but also encouraging them to work in traditional styles and techniques.
Therefore creating a continuance for their culture, which is being smothered by the seductions of the Modern World.
Now settled in towns and villages traditional nomads are more and more being seduced by the now, for modern, and abandoning their distinguishing traditions thinking of them as old fashioned.
All too often they’re happily aspiring to glitzy mass produced, even machine made, gold pieces from India.
When this happens the Silver Smiths have to adapt making “newer” designs or forgetting old techniques and styles in doing so.
So those of us who think, “Is it old?” “Is it Genuine?” are perhaps going to need to be a little more flexible, as ’Genuine Older pieces" become harder to find and consequently more expensive.

Perfect for either general wear, or classy belly dancing!

Age: Contemporary

Size: H 85 mm x W 22 mm

Weight: 17 grams