Gold Head Ornaments

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

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Gift of Charles A. Poindexter, 1965

Accession Number: 65.265.1–.2,.6–.7


Referred to as "khoras kbach" (rams horns) or "khoras amara" (very ornate rings) ear ornaments such as 65.265.1–.2 were suspended alongside the ear from a chain that was attached to another ornate jewel (such as 65.265.6–.7) affixed to a diadem or a headscarf. Jewelry of this type has been attributed to Fes, Tetouan or Tangiers, and appears in several 19th and 20th century paintings depicting Moroccan Jewish weddings and gatherings.