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Headdress

Likely a headdress. Cotton, central vertical band embroidered in polychrome synthetic thread in cross stitch; trimmed with coins and cowrie shells, tassels of bright synthetic thread and beads; bands or ties along the top are decorated with coins.

Provenance

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

likely Egyptian, Bedouin, early to mid 20th century

Object Place

Sinai, Egypt

Dimensions

Length x width: 52.1 x 34.3 cm (20 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2012.833

Medium or Technique

Cotton, coins, cowrie shells, synthetic thread, beads

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles