Project Description

Turkoman pectoral ornament, Central Asia

Big gilded silver pectoral “gonzuk” from the Tekke tribe, a subgroup of the Turkoman people inhabiting Central Asia.

Made of silver and carnelians in cabochon cut.

First half of XXth century or earlier.


Pendant: 19 x 19 cm (7,48 x 7,48 inches)
Height with pendants attached: 34,5 cm (13,58 inches)
Weight: 335,2 gr.


“Colliers ethniques d’Afrique d’Asie, d’Océanie et d’Amérique”, Leurquin, Anne, Skira, 2003
“Der Turkmenenschmuck”, Rudolph, Hermann, Museum für Völkerkunde, 1994
“The arts and crafts of Turkestan”, Kalter, Johannes, Thames and Hudson, 1983
“Old silver jewellery of the Turkoman”, Schletzer, Dietrich Reimer Verlag, 1984