Vintage Baluchi Pendant: Afghanistan, Taweez with Dangles, 63
Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the 1980’s. The focus is on vintage textiles and tribal jewelry as well as new gemstone beads made for jewelry designers. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to our shop there where you can see what is currently in stock.
This is a vintage Baluchi pendant from Afghanistan. The Baluchi are ethnically Persian, related to contemporary Iran and sharing cultural similarities with Kurds. They have clusters of cultural groups throughout Central Asia and Northern Africa, and even in Europe with the modern diaspora. Traditional dress and jewelry resembles others in the region with women wearing highly embroidered dresses with large, flowing sleeves.
The design of this pendant is of a taweez box:
Taweez is the Urdu word for amulet or talisman. Do a search for it and you will see that there are many kinds: taweez for love, taweez for health, taweez for prosperity, etc. Also spelled Ta’wiz or Tawiz, the use of talismans, amulets and charms are both allowed and forbidden by opposing Muslim teachers. Those against them, warn at how easily one can stray into clear-cut wrongful behavior, like worshiping other gods or putting faith into something that may not come from God. But, for the believers, their taweez will have holy writings or prayers embedded inside the piece.
In this case, the box opens on the right end, but has been unused for so long that it is very stiff. I was able to play with it a bit, but did not want to force it so have no idea if there is a prayer or text inside of it or not.
This box would qualify as a “silver” piece, although it is mixed in with other metals, most likely copper and brass. The value is more in the workmanship than in the metal content. Decorative elements have been hand cut, braided, stamped, and soldered. The blue bead in the middle is glass.
Estimated age: 1930’s
2.25″ wide x 3.25″ long (including dangles)
Metric: 6 x 8.5 cm
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Last photo shows the back.
Afghanistan has been at the heart of the crossroads for the Silk Road for centuries. Nomads and generations of ethnic groups have thrived on trade and beautiful handicraft skills. Textiles, embroidery and carpet weaving continue to represent a plethora of skills that extend on into metal work, wood work, and ceramics. Designs reflect both the beauty of nature and life of spirit in choice of colors and fluidity of the design.
Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with Afghan artists for more than 20 years. Handcarved semi-precious beads are the core focus of the business, but we also have a huge inventory of old and new textiles, carvings and metal work. Visit our shop here on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures!
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I have been importing from Central Asia since the 1980’s. Afghan Tribal Arts focuses on hand carved gemstones, beads, tribal jewelry, vintage textiles and nomadic carpets. But, we have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.
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