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Woman's neck kerchief, embroidered coral silk

1700-1800 (probably)
Origin: Europe or India (for export)
Diagonal center: 42"; Straight edges : 27"
Silk, metallic threads.
Gift of The Honorable Irwin Untermyer.
Acc. No. 1954-3
Triangular kerchief of coral-pink sheer plain-woven silk, embroidered along two edges with colored silks and metallic threads in a pattern of pomegranate, flowers, curling leaves, floral scrolls, and zig-zag lines. Embroidery includes openwork areas at flower centers. Kerchief is cut diagonally on bias on the long end with the cut edge rolled and whipped.
Label:Colorful silk and metallic embroidered kerchiefs such as this example were associated with Jewish weddings in Europe. They were worn by brides as a festive accessory.
Provenance:From the collection of the Honorable Irwin Untermyer.