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Antique Turkmen Jewellery - Turkoman 'Bilezik' Bracelets


This matching pair of antique four-banded Turkmen Teke bracelets are simply stunning! They are from south-east Turkmenistan and are marked (etched) as 1330 Hijri years, corresponding with 1911 AD and bear the name in Arabic ‘Umar Dawoodi Murad’, which could be the name of the owner or the maker.

Each bracelet bears a stylised floral motif and is handcrafted in high-quality silver (tested), fire-gilded and has 16 beautiful table-cut carnelian stones. The bracelets are rigid and not malleable. In excellent condition for their age.

A highly collectible pair of bracelets of museum quality.


Circa 1910


High-grade silver, fire-gild & carnelian


10.7 cm (length) x 7.6 cm (w) at widest point

Inner dia. small end: 5.4 cm
Inner dia. large end: 6.3 cm
Opening small end: 2.7 cm
Opening larg end: 3.3 cm


250 g and 257 g - 507 g total




René van der Star. (2008). Ethnic Jewellry from Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands, The René van der Star Collection. The Pepin Press. p. 102.

Borel, F. (1994). The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry. London: Thames and Hudson, p 123.

Schletzer, D. (1983). Old Silver Jewellery of the Turkoman. Berlin: D Reimer.