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TURKMEN BRACELETS PAIR - Two Old Tribal Jewelry Qasli Bilezik Bracelets

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Price: $88.00
Item Number: abh-4423-Br

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 protection.

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 jewelry collection.

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 = 10 oz
    Material = Metal with some silver; Gold-gilding; Glass bead