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Chin Chain

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1986M112.177
Collection:Applied Art - Costume
Date:1920 c - 1920 c


The Southall Collection is a major collection of Palestinian Dress dating from 1900-1930. It includes garments and accessories worn by nomadic Bedouin people as well as men, women and children living in Ramallah and Bethlehem.

A silver chin chain or iznaq dating back to the 19th century from the Bethlehem and Jerusalem area. At the two ends of the chain hang triangular white metal amulets called herz. Many silver crescent shaped talismans hang from the chain along with amulets known as the 'hand of Fatimah' after the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. Both these and the various glass beads as all thought to protect the wearer from the evil eye. This chain would have been suspended from the earflaps of the headdress such as the shatweh, smadeh and saffeh, to hang below the chin.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:Silver, other metal, chain, beads and cotton cord.
Place of Origin:Palestine


Height:56 cm