This beautiful sterling silver broach is designed after the logo of our Aul: the Shanyrak (pronounced Shan-RAK). The broach is exquisitely detailed, it lays flat when worn yet the Shanyrak itself is slightly raised as it curves outward in the genuine manner of a real Shanyrak. 1 and 1/2" in diameter. A truly special and unique Kazakh-themed gift! Many thanks to Kathy Tackabury for her wonderful design, which she has donated to our Aul.
Note: The Shanyrak is the top and center of a yurt. It functions as a ventilation system and skylight; however, it is rich with symbolism for Kazakhs and indeed, the Shanyrak is one of the most important symbols of Kazakh culture. It crowns the yurt and represents the sun and the sky, powerful influences for the ancient nomads. Pictured to the right is a photograph of our Aul's Shanyrak, at the top of our authentic Kazakh yurt.
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