The Qoshqar muiiz ornament represents two spirals emanating from a single stem – a horn. It is one of the oldest bases of Kazakh ornamentation (leitmotif) and has several graphic variants and names. In general, horns are a general cultural archetype and the oldest symbol of royalty, an attribute of symbolism of kings, leaders and other people. In world culture there are enough divine persons with horns, both female and male: the Egyptian Hathor, the Greek Amalthea, a favourite symbol of ancient poets, etc. This graphic archetype reflects the power, the divine gift, the masculine qualities (including fertility) and at the same time the sign of a warrior. In most cases, it is associated with masculinity.
A variety of horn-like curls are often used to decorate syrmaq, tekemet, alasha and other textiles. In Kazakh culture, the ram’s horns symbolise qut – vitality, grace, prosperity and well-being.