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Bracelet
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

On Turkmen's wedding day, the bride would be covered with treasures from head to toe, being weighed down with as much as 17 kilograms of silver. These bracelets have a narrow opening edged with animal-like teeth or claws that evoke stylized snake heads. Cuffs of this size cover the entire forearm. They were very prized and worn only for festivities.

History of the Object
The Turkmen are descendants of the ancient people of Mongolia who later occupied Russian Turkestan. Studded with Cornelians which were associated with blood and life, their silver jewellery is one of the most distinctive jewellery in the world. Much of the Turkmen jewellery known today was made in the nineteenth and first quarter of the twentieth century. The jewellery would have been elaborately displayed at a wedding and it was mainly worn in the first years of marriage.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gilded silver, Cornelian 
Measurements
Width 6 cm Height 12 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Turkmen, Central Asia 
Geography
Central Asia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; Early 20th Century 
Function
Ceremonial Jewellery 
Acquisition
Purchased in UK 
Copyright
World Jewellery Museum 
Acknowledgements
Ethnic Jewellery: From Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The Rene van der Star Collection, Pepin Press, Amsterdam, 2004. 
Owner
World Jewellery Museum 
Museum
World Jewellery Museum 
Credit line
World Jewellery Museum 

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