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Chest ornament

Museum number:
9-23813
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Alternate number:
157b (previous number (collector's original number))
Accession number:
Acc.4812
Object count:
1
Description:
A neck and chest ornament of leather, made of a pair of braided and twined tasseled ropes with lead and bead ornaments. Each long tasseled ornament is made of two ropes, braided around a cloth core, and folded in half to create loops with circlets of twining and lead beads, with leaded and tasseled string hanging from those. From here the ropes divide into twos, with twined and lead-beaded circlets on the four ropes at midpoint and lower end. Circlets of white glass beads decorate the tops and tassels hang from their ends. Each pair of ropes is fastened with string at the circlets, and at the tops of each of the middle and end circlets two sets of colored beads 9" long extends across the chest to corresponding tassel. The two decorated ropes are attached at the top loops by nylon net 12" long. Twining too closely covered by lead beads to determine thread count.
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:
16 July 1994
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Production date:
c.1974-1944
Accession date:
2019
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
whole— diameter 0.5 inches and whole— length 19 inches
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