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