For those who could afford it, the onirmonshaq was an essential part of the set of jewellery worn by a Karakalpak bride on her wedding day. This one, from the late nineteenth century, is typical with its moulded dome-shaped top, gilded and engraved…
"I am actually going to part with it, Ingrid. But I have another one, all solid silver and done in a cut-out fashion, that even wear quite often. I'd love to keep this too, but I sometimes have to part with a piece."
"Beautiful Betty, I have admired this type of fillegrain boxes which have been on display earlier.
And now you have one in your possession? A real treasure to be admired.
Actually reading the different messages and seeing another stunning box I…"
"Wow, that's beautiful - is it yours? And can you place it in terms of age? The filigree work is indeed very similar...
I particularly like the round dangles at the bottom. Looks like they are "boxes" too. Thanks a lot for sharing!"
"Dear Ingrid, yes, I agree, the swirly forms, possibly ram's horns, on this piece can be found on pieces from other traditions. In the Turkoman tradition, they symbolise the ancestors, an important element of the old religion. The…"
"yes that was my question too.... I'm not so sure about being made for foreigners.... unlike with Japanese and Chinese objets d'art I think the trade with Europe began later for this kind of stuff didnt it and this piece does look…"
"Penny, what stumps me about your piece is also the lack of a plug on the back, if this were an ear ornament. Since I'm making other wild guesses, could this have been produced to be sold to westerners?"