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Charm, tilsim, consisting of a circular textile medallion decorated with a central mirror, and radiating lines of cowrie shells Seytan Kabugu - the eight spaces filled with buttons, coins and felt cut out of flowers, surrounded by a double border of shells enclosing buttons. The lower half of the charm is fringed with yellow silk cords, behind which are tufts of red, green and purple wool. Attached to the back are five plaited bands each separated into three bunches whipped with red, green, purple, orange and black wool and ending in a tassel of the same. The bands are joined together with four brass buttons. First quarter of the 20th century. [Textile]

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charm; textile; tilsim
1984.70
Anthropology

1 item (description level: whole)
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  charm
object name (local):  tilsim
object name (unclassified):  textile

Place
Cilo Mountains, Turkey; Asia
Additional place information
Cilo Mountains, Turkey 
Date made
20th Century
Additional date information
20th Century 
Culture
Kurdish
Additional culture information
maker or user:  Kurdish 

Materials & techniques
wool (hair); plastic; reflective glass; buttons; metal; cotton (textile); beads (round objects); braid; cowrie shells
Additional material & technique information
material: beads (round objects) (decoration)
material: braid (decoration)
material: buttons (decoration)
material: cowrie shells (decoration)
material: metal (decoration)
material: plastic (decoration)
material: reflective glass (decoration)
material: cotton (textile) (overall)
material: wool (hair) (overall)
Measurements
overall: 950 mm x 430 mm x 18 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 950 mm x 430 mm x 18 mm

Provenance
vendor:  Burkett, Mary Elizabeth  sale 1984-03-15


Related subjects
theme: Health and Healing
beads (round objects)
material: braid
braid
braiding
buttons (fasteners)
object name (Horniman Ethno.): charms
coins
cotton (textile)
material: cowrie shell
maker or user: Kurdish
material: metal
metal
material: plastic
plastic
reflective glass
tabby (textile)
wool (hair)
wrapping

Record created 2000-01-22 by MIGRATION
Record last updated 2016-10-04 by XGVIEWS

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