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Boy’s back ornament-talisman “ok-yay”
17125 III
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The noble simplicity of form shows the high culture of craftsmanship and aesthetics of the Turkmenian people.

History of the Object
Jewelry has always been an integral part of the Turkmenian national dress. This is manufactured of silver or white metal with inlays of natural stones. According to ancient beliefs a carnelian brings peace and well-being. The jewelry also served as amulets to protect owners from sicknes and misfortunes. Ok-yay was a stylized bow with bowstring and arrows. It was worn on the back, sewed on a dress. The surface of the jewelry is covered with a geometric and floral pattern. Stylized images of birds, animals and plants show the deep relations with nature and ancient artistic culture. All Turkmenian jewelry has expressive, but proportional and concise forms.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
White metal, glass, Cutting-out, profile carving, rolled ribbon, stamp, soldering 
Measurements
Height 16 cm. Length 18 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Turkmenistan 
Geography
Turkmenistan 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; early 20th Century 
Function
Back ornament 
Acquisition
Received from a private collection in 1994. 
Copyright
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Museum
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Credit line
The State Museum of Oriental Art 

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