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    Girl's long head-shawl made of purple cotton. A third of the head-shawl is machine embroidered with metallic silver and golden threads in chain stitches with thin bands embroidered in dark green and burgundy thread. The embroidered area is reinforced with white interfacing on the underside. Also features small diamantes scattered around the embroidered area and three large red and green wool tassels on each end. To be worn over a calf-length dress and trousers (see 2011,6003.15-16).


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    • 2010
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  • Findspot

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    • Length: 112 centimetres
    • Width: 89 centimetres
  • Condition

    Hemmed for display.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Presented as part of a gift of textiles and silver artefacts to the British Museum on the occasion of the exhibition 'Adornment and Identity: Jewellery and Costume from Oman' by His Excellency Mohammed Al Tobi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism of the Sultanate of Oman, at the opening reception on 26/01/11.

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    Middle East

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