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Bolster cover or wall ornament

Museum number:
9-23792
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Alternate number:
136 (previous number (collector's original number))
Accession number:
Acc.4812
Object count:
1
Description:
Bolster cover or wall ornament, manthar. Synthetic yarn in bright colors - red, magenta, blue, white, green, and orange. Writing in center strip of shajarah pattern says "Il hujoom il barry," which means "ground war" or "Desert Storm." It celebrates Kuwait's victory in the Gulf War. Date is woven in, as are 2 different machine guns (rashash) and a tank (dabbaba). The patterns are: 1 shajarah, 2 molar, 2 'weirjan. Warp-faced plain weave with complementary warp patterning. 12 EPI. One edge is crudely joined to crudely-made backing of maroon cotton blend with chevron stitch. The other edge is open and has ties of synthetic yarn for holding in the bolster.
Donor:
Joy Hilden
Verbatim coll. place:
Judah
Culture or time period:
Bedouin
Maker or artist:
Damtha Al Ajami
Collector:
Joy Hilden
Collection date:
19 December 1993
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
1.5 Household
Production date:
1993
Accession date:
2019
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
whole— width 19 inches and whole— length 50 inches
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