Antique Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Silver Boteh Necklace, Central Asia, 140 Grams
This is an early 20th century traditional classical style handcrafted silver Boteh (a paisley design droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin) necklace from Central Asia.
I have not been able to identify the necklace origin, but other examples of similar beads have been from either Afghanistan or an ethnic group from Turkmenistan on the border of Afghanistan or the ethnic group of Turkmen living in western Uzbekistan - Khorezm - Khiva.
The traditional design on the eight boteh beads is a six petal tulip flower in full bloom: The flower and its name originated in the Persian Empire. The tulip, or “Laleh” as it’s called in Persian, is a flower native to Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and other parts of Central Asia. They have been seen as symbols of abundance and indulgence.
The oval beads have a dancing figure - beautifully executed, entwined with leaves on both sides.
The Boteh and oval beads have the same design on both sides of the bead.
The necklace is strung on a high grade fine silver snake chain with an 'S' clasp for closing.
This a rare and beautiful necklace. I have not cleaned the necklace and there is silver tarnishing on the beads.
Silver Chain Length: 49 cm (19 1/4")
Boteh Bead: 4.2 cm (1 6/8") including bales, x 6 beads, plus 1 center double single side bead
Length: Oval Bead: 2.5 cm (1") x 6 beads
Round Beads: 1.2 cm (3/8") x 14 beads
Weight: 140 Grams (4.960 oz.)
All tested High Grade Silver - 92.5% approx.