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Head kerchief

17th–18th century

Object Place: Algeria


234.2 x 44.1 cm (92 3/16 x 17 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen gauze with silk and gold-colored metal strip wrapped on white silk core embroidery

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Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: deep cream colored sheer linen. Design: three repeats, each occupying entire width of piece, of highly conventionalized pomegranate (?); smaller conventionalized floral motifs arranged in roundel, between large repeats; inner deep bourder at each end of symmetrical arrrangement of three pomegranates; beneath this narrow band of drawnwork (in gold); outer narrow border of small scale floral motifs. Worked largely with red and blue silk, with details in purple, purplish pink, light blue, green, neutral orange, white, and black (now almost disappeared) and gold metal thread in double darning (maalka) and a little double running stitch. A number of small holes in linen ground.


Lent by miss Elizabeth Day McCormick, February 15, 1943.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection