Turkmen (Turkoman) Vintage Tribal Hair Jewelry - Long Beaded Tekaki
This long and large tribal jewelry piece is a vintage Turkmen (Turkoman) Tekaki hair pendant that was skillfully handcrafted in Turkmenistan Central Asia during the early to mid-1900's. The interconnecting pendants were sturdily made and do not bend.
It has the classic styling of the tribal jewelry from the Turkmen Ersari tribe, with its clean lines and multiple red beads intended to ward off the evil eye. A mild age patina adds a depth and sheen that only the passage of time can create.
Turkmen often made Tekaki in pairs and wore them along both sides of the head at the temples like giant earrings (tenechir). The hook on the upper end is for attaching to headpieces, caps, or directly to locks of hair. Tekaki hung freely, swaying with movement and framing the face beautifully.
A single Tekaki was worn on the back of the head, often along the long braid that is the traditional Turkmen woman's coiffure. It can also be attached directly to clothing, belts, bags, or where ever desired. By closing the upper hook into a loop, it can also be worn as a pendant, making a dramatic tribal necklace.
About the TURKMEN: The Turkmen (Turkoman) are a tribal people who have lived in the harsh steppes of present-day Turkmenistan and neighboring Central Asian countries for thousands of years. Historically, they were nomadic herdsmen and traders, renowned for their athletic Ahkal-Teke horse.
Turkmen jewelry is notoriously large, with pieces worn on both the front and back of the body, as well as on the head, arms, and fingers. Some say that the large size of Turkmen jewelry is a vestigial form of the armor worn by Turkmen women who fought alongside their men in battle.
MEASUREMENTS (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
Size = 20-1/4 inches long x 2 inches wide
Weight = 3.5 oz
Shipping Weight = 10 oz
Material = Silver with metal combined; Glass beads