Turkoman Tekke frontal plate 2018-04-28T14:32:16+00:00

Project Description

Turkoman Tekke frontal plate “egme”

Ornamental frontal plate which forms part of bridal jewellery, from the Tekke tribe of the Merv oasis. Made of high-grade silver and glass, some of the gilding is lost. The plate is sewn on a cotton cloth, together with small embossed thin plates on each side and then it is knotted behind the headgear. According to Truus Daaler, the egme was in fashion only for a few decades.

Late 19th or early 20th century.


Height: 13 cm
Width: 37 cm

Weight: 245 Grams


“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


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