Qazaq (Kazakh) Tumar Pendant

Dating

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

Qazaq (Kazakh) Tumar Pendant

Origin

Central Asia

Materials

"Silver; fire-gilded, with stamped beading, silver shot, decorative wire, gilt and silver applied decoration, loop-in-loop chains, cone-shaped pendants, slightly domed and cabochon carnelians, and turquoise beads"

Dimensions

22.9 cm

22.9 cm

Culture

Tribe

Museum

Acquisition 

ID#

Qazaq (Kazakh)

MET

2008

2008.579.12

Copyright Status

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

Source of Image

"This amulet, in the shape of a triangle, or tumar, was worn on the chest and presents an interesting variation of the standard tumar design. Instead of a mountain motif, a pair of horns crowns the piece. A cylindrical tube, or bozbend, embellished with cabochon-cut carnelians and turquoise beads features prominently in the center. It would have held a Muslim prayer scroll, thus enhancing the talismanic powers of the entire piece. The solidness of the upper part is balanced by the dangling elements extending below it, which produced a soft, pleasant sound."