- Museum number
Woman's square head-veil ('ajar) with warp and weft of red silk. Black silk weft stripe across centre of veil and several weft stripes across lower edge of veil. Long twisted tassels of red silk thread forms fringe. Along top edge and around top corners are large, thick multi-coloured wool pompoms. Band of narrow green, pink and yellow tape follows lower edge of pompoms. Below is embroidered decoration in multi-coloured silk thread. Five bold triangular patterns interspersed with delicate motifs in form of flowers, fish and birds. Veil is lined with heavy green-dyed wool cloth directly behind embroidered section.
- Production date
Length: 135 centimetres
Width: 131 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The head-veil ('ajar) is worn by women and girls in Tunisia to cover the hair and face when outside the home.
- Not on display
- Fair; numerous minor holes in silk, some staining. Two tears repaired locally with stitching along fringe edge. Patches applied by BM conservation to support larger holes.
- Acquisition date
- 1998 (25 February)
- Acquisition notes
- This fieldwork collection was purchased, together with Af1998,02-03, using BP (British Petroleum) sponsorship in February-March 1998.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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