TURKMEN BRACELETS PAIR - Two Old
Tribal Jewellery Qasli Bilezik Bracelets
Price is for bracelets PAIR as shown.
This collectible old pair of Turkmen (Turkoman) Tekke qasli
bilezik bracelets was handcrafted in Turkmenistan, Central Asia during the
early 1900’s. They are in excellent, collectible condition, with a mild patina
and gentle wear patterns from years of loving wear.
There are 2 ornately-decorated qoshmahs, or bands for added
dimension and length. Each qoshmah is incised with gold-gilded images of stylized
birds’ wings and flames, connecting the wearer to an ethereal natural world.
Some of the gilding has been worn away over the years, but much remains.
In true Turkmen fashion, 3 eye-shaped red beads sit in
raised bezels, intended to ward off the evil eye. Each terminal end has 3
“claws” or “fangs” that are said to be imbued with amuletic powers of
The qasli bilezik is classically Turkmen; they were usually
worn in pairs by these nomadic tribal women. The cuffs were prized not only for
their obvious beauty, but also to shield the wrists from injury – a welcome
safeguard given their rigorous nomadic lifestyle.
These old Turkmen bilezik bracelets were sturdily and well
made; they do not bend. They make a perfect addition to any Turkmen tribal
Price is for PAIR.
Measurements: (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
Wrist = 6-7/8 inches (including open gap) - fit small wrists
Band width = 1-3/8 inches wide average
Weight = 3.68 oz
per pair (1.84 oz each)
Shipping Weight =
Material = Metal
with some silver; Gold-gilding; Glass bead