Tekke hear ornament “Egme”, Central Asia
Ornamental frontal plate which forms part of bridal jewellery, from the Tekke tribe of the Merv oasis.
Made of high-grade silver and carnelian gemstones. The plate is sewn on a hat. According to Truus Daaler, this kind of egme was in fashion only for a few decades.
Late 19th or early 20th century.
Height: 32 cm (12,6 in)
Width: 30 cm (11,81 in)
“Old silver jewellery of the Turkoman” Schletzer, Dietrich Reimer Verlag, 1984
“The arts and crafts of Turkestan”, Kalter, Johannes, Thames & Hudson, 1984
“Ethnic jewellery and adornment” Daaler, Truus, Ethnic Art Press, 2009
“Parures de tête ethniques” van Cutsem, Anne, Skira, 2005