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Afghan Silver Turkoman Wedding Headdress

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1970: Item # 1062667
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A very unusual and collectible piece made of a native coin metal alloy referred to as gillet. This tribal headdress was made for a young Turkoman bride. The metal components are applied over a base made from an old Afghan Suzani. Set with carnelian, this piece features embossed stylized metal plates sewn onto the base. There is sort of a decorated flower spike on top with dangles and bells. It has a little crinkle at the base, but is barely noticeable unless it's pointed out. Colorful metal tassels set with carnelians fringe the face, and there is a Suzani "tail" embellished with embossed metal plates, and tasselled medallions, with white beaded black fringe on the edges.