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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.

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Vintage Baluchi Pendant: Afghanistan, Taweez with Dangles, 63


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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: silver, copper, brass, glass bead
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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