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Tobacco Holder from Turkmenistan

A fine example of men's "jewellery" from the Tekke people of Turkmanistan.  Made from a whole miniature gourd grown expressly for the purpose, polished, chased with silver and finished with a carnelian stone set into the top of the cap.  Such items were used to hold powered tobacco and formed part of a wealthy man's dress ensemble.  Approximately 80 years old.

Measurements: Height 16.4 cm, stone diameter 1.6 cm, diameter widest point 4.5cm

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