Ethnic Jewels

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i was astonished to see these two rare and very old Karakalpak tumars available on ebay this morning. The are unusual enough to deserve at least a look and actually probably belong in a museum. They are both tumars, both parts of a Ha'ykel., a pectoral amulet case for a woman and both very old. I am assuming they are a part of the same Ha'ykel. Karakalpak jewelry is extremely hard to find in the west -- and even in Uzbekistan is hard to see outside a museum. What impresses me so much in these pieces is the patina and, most importantly, the carved stone -- a really beautiful sight.

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Comment by Ethnic Embellishments on July 7, 2014 at 17:15

I love the flat, table-cut carnelians.  I'll try to post a photo of a Turkomanish piece that I am trying to establish specifics on.

Comment by Patricia Deany on July 7, 2014 at 16:49

Now that I take a good look, I don't think they belong to one piece but are parts of two different haykals. The design and coloration is just too different. Aside from the carved carnelian, which is most unusual, the silverwork on the lowermost piece is very rich and rare. Unfortunately, it is missing the left amulet cover, The dealer says these are 18th century -- probably not that old but certainly very, very old in terms of what we find available to buy at this time. This is what a complete haykal looks like, they come in different sizes and different designs. 

Comment by Toya on July 7, 2014 at 15:56

What treasures! I love old silver when it has a good patina. The delicate designs on the bottom one are lovely. Is that gold on the top one fire gilding?

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