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Bridal diadem (sfifa or taj)
Tetuán or Rabat, Morocco
20th century
Baroque pearls and pieces of gold jewelry with semiprecious stones, on silk
H: 15; Circ: 35 cm
Purchased through the generosity of Ayala Zacks Abramov, Jerusalem
Accession number: B92.0047

This diadem, which distinguished her from Muslim brides, gave the Jewish bride a royal look. It is said that the baroque pearls adorning it were given to chickens to ingest, so that they would be cleaned and polished in their gullets.

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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