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Old Turkmen Tribal Jewelry Qasli Bilezik Cuff Bracelet

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Price: $88.00
Item Number: txp-787B-Br

Turkmen Tribal Jewelry - Old Qasli Bilezik Cuff Bracelet 

This old Turkmen (Turkoman) qasli bilezik bracelet was handcrafted in Turkmenistan, Central Asia during the early 1900’s. It is in excellent, collectible condition, with a mild patina and gentle wear patterns from years of loving wear.

There are 3 ornately-decorated qoshmahs, or bands adding dimension and an impressive length. Each qoshmah is incised with gilded images of stylized birds’ wings and flames, connecting the wearer to an ethereal natural world. Much of the gilding has been worn away over the years, but is still partially visible in places.

In true Turkmen fashion, 9 eye-shaped red beads sit in raised bezels, intended to ward off the evil eye. Each terminal end has 7 “claws” or “fangs” that are said to be imbued with amuletic powers of protection.

The qasli bilezik is classically Turkmen, often worn in pairs. Turkmen woman prized them not only for their beauty, but also to shield the wrists from injury – a welcome safeguard given their rigorous nomadic lifestyle.

This old Turkmen bilezik bracelet was sturdily and well made. It does not bend. It is a perfect addition to your Turkmen tribal jewelry collection.

Measurements: (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
    Width = 3-1/8 inches 
    Wrist = 7-1/2 inches (total wrist circumference)
    Weight = 6 oz
    Shipping Weight = 11 oz
    Material = Silver and metal; Glass beads

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