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Back Ornament
WJM0301
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Turkmen back and braid ornaments are characterized by a large variety of shapes and versions. The drawings on these ornaments are based on the contrast between gold and silver. The decorations generally consist of flower, leaf, and tendril ornaments. A thin layer of gold is applied to the jewellery by heating a mixture of gold dust and quicksilver. The quicksilver evaporates and the gold adheres to the jewellery. The shape is associated with a heart as a symbol of protection against evil.

History of the Object
Turkmen back ornaments were not primarily worn to show off since they would be partially covered by shawls. The back was a vulnerable part of the body that could do with a bit of extra protection. This has an altogether different function, offering protection against attacks of a magical nature.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gilded silver, Cornelian 
Measurements
Width 15 cm Length 22 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
Amulet Jewellery 
Acquisition
Purchased in the Netherlands 
Copyright
World Jewellery Museum 
Acknowledgements
John Bigelow Taylor. Splendor of Ethnic Jewellery-From Colette and Jean Pierre Ghysels Collection. Harry N. Abrams. 1994 
Owner
World Jewellery Museum 
Museum
World Jewellery Museum 
Credit line
World Jewellery Museum 

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