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Turkmen Asyk Heart/Cordiform Pendant 1
- Turkmen "ASYK" Heart Cordiform Pendant
- Approx. 10" long x 5 1/2" wide
- 80% or higher hammered and stamped silver
- Antique and vintage Tribal Heirlooms were often made of melted colonial high silver content coins and rarely marked or hallmarked.
- Worn by the Turkmen People of Central Asia, Asyk Pendants were usually Incorporated in braided hair by use of plaits, or larger Asyk were worn as a back or pectoral ornament.
- Having many sizes and decorative styles, uniformly they appear as a symbol which to the Western eye is a heart. It is possible the Asyk also represented the protective head of a spear. The exact historical significance of the symbol significance is lost in time.
- Different tribal groups in the region adorn their Asyk by using different techniques.
- Groups in Northern Afghanistan created unadorned silver pieces without etching or gold fire gilding. Their Asyk include the orange Carnelian cabochons, which are also seen in all other regional styles.
- Tekke Turkmen Asyk feature intricate engraving and gilding surrounding the Carnelian cabochons.
- Yomut Turkmen Asyk feature fire gilded applied shapes and symbols. Often diamond shaped with dotted granulation, circles and crescents are most often represented.
- Asyk size and weight can vary greatly, which would be in relation to the status or wealth of a Turkmen family.
- Origin is Afghanistan collected in the 1970's