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.
About 1990, purchased in Cairo by Judith Manelis, Lexington, MA; 2012, gift of Judith Manelis to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012)
Gift of Judith Manelis
likely Egyptian, Bedouin, early to mid 20th century