Signet of Matchmaker. XIX c.
The matchmaker's ring consists of two parallel holes for the fingers and the main part. On the front part of the ring, on two sides, are forged nests, inlaid with red paste. Located in the middle of the jumper separating the nests, is designed to protect from the evil eye. The edges of the finger ring frame the heart-shaped patterns in the technique of granules. In general, the patterns on the ring remind shanyrak (yurt’s roof), which symbolizes home.
Such rings were given by the bride‘s mother to the groom's mother as a sign of uniting two families and in the hope of a kind attitude towards her daughter. Massive rings of matchmakers (kudahizhizik), designed for two fingers, symbolized the unity of the two beginnings, two families.
- XIX centure
- Place of discovery/Manufacture
- Mangistau, West Kazakhstan
- Materials, technic
- Metal of white color, glass, gilding, granulation, forging, embossing, filigree
- 3,2 x 7,8 x 7,8
- National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan
- Inventory number
- ҚР ҰМ КЗ-2049 (ПМО 4330)