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Bridal earrings (khoras kbash - ram's head, or khoras amara - complex decoration)
Tétouan, Morocco
Late 19th century
Gold, hammered, engraved, and pierced; baroque pearls, emeralds, and rubies
L: 21; Diam: 9 cm
Gift of Jeany Benazéraf, Paris, in memory of Esther Benazéraf-Ettedgui and her son Samuel
Accession number: B69.0371(a-b)

The name of these earrings indicates their resemblance to rams' heads. A Spanish influence is evident, and they are considered the height of the Jewish jewelry craft in Morocco. The hooks at the top attach the earrings to the bridal diadem (sfifa), from which they hang on either side of the face.

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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