Seal ring "Kuchi"


Kuchi people, Ghazni, Afghanistan, mid. 20th century, private collection from Finland.

Kuchis are Pashtuns, the dominant tribe in Afghanistann and though most of them are settled now, once upon a time they were almost all nomads, among them the Afghan royal family. Kuchis mostly keep sheep, goats and camels. The produce of animals (meat, dairy products, wool etc.) is exchanged or sold in order to purchase grain, tea, sugar, vegetables and other products of settled life. Kuchi means "nomad" in the Dari (Persian) language.

Beautiful and exaggerated wax seal ring. Exquisitely decorated with silver filigree and cloisonné work. Made of low-grade silver and brass. The signet face of the ring is made of massive lapis lazuli stone with carved antelope figure. Age-related wear, abrasion and oxidiation. Size approx. 4,0cm x 3,6cm. Weight c. 41g.