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The Jewelry of Jewish Women in El Kelaa des Mgouna, Southern Morocco

Jewish women in El Kelaa des Mgouna were distinguished from their Muslim neighbors by their headdress (tasfift), which they wore on top of an array of colorful scarves covered by a small wig. Coins, silver plaques, and coral beads were sewn onto the headdress, which was made of strips of stiff material, and silver pendants hung from its edges onto the woman's forehead. Triangular silver fibulae served to fasten women's wraps (izar) by means of a long chain, and necklaces with large amber beads and silver pendants adorned their chests.

The Zeyde Schulmann Collection in the Israel Museum
Purchase, Heinrich Feuchtwanger Fund
Accession number: B59.06.0608, B63.11.2827, B63.10.2507, B63.11.2831, B63.11.2944(a-b), B71.0511, B63.10.2434

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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