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Decorative hatpin (roźeta - rose)
Ottoman Empire
20th century
Silver, gold, diamond chips, and ruby
Diam: 4 (star); L: 2 cm (bird)
Purchased through the generosity of the Jacques Lévy Foundation, Barcelona
Accession number: B85.0109, B87.0338

These pins underwent a number of metamorphoses. They began as turban pins worn by the Sultan's wives during the eighteenth century; at the end of the nineteenth century, in the transition from Ottoman to European dress, they ornamented the tokádo hats worn by married women in Izmir and Rhodes. When the tokádo ceased to be worn, they became lapel pins, and thus were preserved

From the Israel Museum publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002

In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/01/2000 - 30/09/2002

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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