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    Boy's long-sleeved, calf-length tunic (dishdasha) made of cream cotton with an appliqué of red and white striped starched cotton called 'Suri silk' on the shoulders and underarms. Hand-embroidered on the front, neck and sleeve-cuffs with tightly worked white and brown cotton thread in cross-stich and chain-stitch. Internal pockets on each side of the waist with a decorative tassel and thread covered buttons on the neck opening. To be worn with a chequered loin-cloth (wizar) underneath, cap (see 2011,6003.20) and leather belt with silver buckle (2011,6004.2 and 2009,6023.192).


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    • 2010
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    • Length: 59 centimetres
    • Width: 74 centimetres (sleeve to sleeve)
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    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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