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Face veil (burqa)

Orange crepe veil embroidered in dark brown stripes in cross stitch, and with coins; strands of stone, the majority of which is carnelian along the sides, band of cotton plain weave embroidered all-over in a geometric design in polychrome silk; loops of printed cotton at each side.


About 1990, purchased in Cairo by Judith Manelis, Lexington, MA; 2012, gift of Judith Manelis to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Judith Manelis

Egyptian, Bedouin, early 20th century

Object Place

Sinai, Egypt


Overall: 41.9 x 33 cm (16 1/2 x 13 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (crepe) embroidered with silk in cross stitch; cotton plain weave embroidered in silk cross stitch; printed cotton plain weave; coins, carnelian, stone, glass, metal chain,


Textiles and Fashion Arts