Object Name: Head ornaments
Date: 18th–mid-20th century
Geography: Made in Morocco
Medium: Gold; fabricated from sheet and wire, chased, and set with rubies, emeralds, topaz, pearls, and glass
Credit Line: Gift of Charles A. Poindexter, 1965
Accession Number: 65.265.1–.2,.6–.7
These head ornaments are related in technique and design to pieces made in Istanbul, and thus may be considered representative of the western reaches of Ottoman style. Although Morocco was never part of the Ottoman empire, these ornaments illustrate the degree to which the Ottoman style penetrated surrounding regions.
The ornaments with the pendant elements were hooked, near the top of the head, to a headdress; from these were suspended by chains the larger circular elements, the most decorative parts of which were seen from the front, at approximately ear level.