Close

Whoa! You can't favorite your own shop.

Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Whoa! You can't favorite own item.

Whoa! You can't add your own item to a list.

Add this item to a treasury!

Close
You don't have any treasuries yet. Enter a title below to create one.
Close

This item has been added.

View your treasury.

Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.
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

Dimensions:
2.25" wide x 3.25" long (including dangles)
Metric: 6 x 8.5 cm
______________

Use the zoom option to see larger images.
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!
_____________

Follow Afghan Tribal Arts on Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/AfghanTribalArts

Read about Afghan Tribal Arts:

www.afghantribalarts.com
http://stureetribalvillage.blogspot.com/
http://fiberfocus.blogspot.com/search/label/Afghan%20Tribal%20Arts

Vintage Baluchi Pendant: Afghanistan, Taweez with Dangles, 63

$75.00 USD
Only 1 available
Please select from the available options

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: silver, copper, brass, glass bead
  • Ships worldwide from Kentucky, United States
  • Feedback: 244 reviews
  • Favorited by: 63 people