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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Pair of bride's slippers (tarkasin) made of red-dyed leather embroidered in silk thread and decorated with metal studs. Tongues cut in the shape of the khamsa ('five') or 'Hand of Fatima'.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC(late) (before 1981)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12 centimetres (a)
    • Width: 9.8 centimetres (a)
    • Depth: 23.5 centimetres (a)
    • Height: 12.5 centimetres (b)
    • Width: 9.4 centimetres (b)
    • Depth: 24 centimetres (b)
  • Bibliography

    • Spring & Hudson 2002 p.44 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2015-16 14 November - 15 May, London, BM, 'Life and sole: Footwear from the Islamic world'

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Pair of bride's slippers (embroidered) made of leather, silk.

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Pair of bride's slippers (embroidered) made of leather, silk.

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