Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Towel, 19th century
    Turkey
    Linen; H. 52 in. (132.1 cm), W. 28 in. (71.1 cm)
    Bequest of Richard B. Seager, 1926 (26.34.65)

    Part health club, part community center, hammams are not only places to get clean, they are also places of significant social interaction. Social standing could be conveyed through the clothing and adornments worn in the hammam. A number of surviving Ottoman-period towels show that bath accessories, too, relayed subtle messages about the owner’s wealth. Intricate embroidery, sometimes in precious metal threads, conspicuously displayed the status of a bather’s family.

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  • Towel, 19th century
    Turkey
    Linen; H. 52 in. (132.1 cm), W. 28 in. (71.1 cm)
    Bequest of Richard B. Seager, 1926 (26.34.65)

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