Uyğur (Uyghur) Pendant

Dating

Late 19th to early 20th century C.E.

Uyğur (Uyghur) Pendant

Origin

Ürümqi, Uyğuristan (East Turkistan)

Materials

"Silver; chased, with filigree and decorative wire, slightly domed turquoises, and wax turquoise replacement"

Dimensions

12.2 cm

11.6 cm

Culture

Museum

Acquisition 

ID#

Uyğur (Uyghur)

MET

2005

2005.443.7

Copyright Status

Copyright, MET. Permission to display image obtained on 05/13/22, conditional on "to link to our website."

Source of Image

Persian Art Historian Layla S. Diba, who unfortunately authored the book "Turkmen Jewelry," has a fundamental misunderstanding of Turkic jewelry. This particular piece is obviously not Türkmen (Turkmen) as she claimed, but Uyğur (Uyghur). In fact, it is based on a Tibetan style. It is likely not from Khotan. Other Uyğur (Uyghur) pieces that share the same etching pattern are from Ürümqi. To that end, It is indeed the etchings that reveal this as an Uyğur (Uyghur) piece.