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Turkmenistan Vanity Hair Comb Silver tone Metal with Semi Precious Stones
This sale is for a classic Turkoman H shaped comb in silver tone metal with semi precious stones.
CONDITION: good vintage condition.
SIZE: 2½ ins h x 3¾ ins w (6 x 9.5 cms)
APPROXIMATE DATE: early 20th century
This is a very beautiful example of a traditional double sided comb type which comes from Turkmenistan. It has a silvertone metal casing enclosing a wooden comb with fine teeth on one side and coarse on the other.
The metal case has not been tested and is either silvertone metal or of a grade of silver too low to be considered sterling. Its entire surface are covered with etched designs in a traditional pattern.
It is set with large three cabochons of carnelian in a typical design of the region. The stone in the centre is the largest, flanked by two smaller ones. All these stones are bordered with small turquoise cabochons.
The design os the comb is the same on both sides.
Turkmen or Turkmen is the name given to a collection of tribes who occupy an area in central Asia spread over parts of Iran, Afghanistan and Anatolia. Some have remained in the area which is present day Turkmenistan while others are still semi-nomadic.
Although nominally Sunni Muslim the Turkmen keep many pre-Islamic traditions and the women have never worn the veil. Jewelry and adornment have always played an important part in a woman's life and marks out her status.
Most precious objects are made from low grade silver decorated with semi precious stones such as carnelian, lapis and turquoise. Silver is believed to have the power to ward off illness. The semi precious stones which adorn the jewelry are also believed to be imbued with special powers. Carnelian is believed to protect the wearer from illness and death; lapis lazuli to relieve anger and negative thoughts, while turquoise is a symbol of purity and chastity.
The final picture shows an example of Turkmenistan jewelry for comparison.
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Norma Lammont, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK
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