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Headband

Museum number:
9-23812
Permalink:
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Alternate number:
157a (previous number (collector's original number))
Accession number:
Acc.4812
Object count:
1
Description:
A woman's headband, igal, (Generic name for women's headdress in Hijaz: "gna") which is worn over a head shawl and helps to hold it in place. Fine leather strips have been twined in a spiral direction around a cloth core. Lead beads are clamped on to form a positive/negative design in diamonds and triangles. A lattice-work panel warps around it and hangs down the back. It is 18" long x 1.75" wide. 3 square flaps, twined and decorated with lead beads and small tassels, hang at the top, bottom, and middle of panel. Twining and knotting used. 12 EPI, 13 rows per inch for twining. Beads seem to be flat pieces which are clamped around the leather strips
Donor:
Joy Hilden
Collection place:
Shabaha, Saudi Arabia
Verbatim coll. place:
Um Ustaid settlement outside Shabaha, Saudi Arabia
Culture or time period:
Bedouin
Maker or artist:
Sweilmeh of Jahena tribe
Collector:
Joy Hilden
Collection date:
15 July 1994
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Production date:
c.1940
Accession date:
2019
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
whole— width 0.75 inches and whole— length 89 inches
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