Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Oded Löbl
Belt and buckle (holqa faraq beslasel)
Kairouan or Moknin region, Tunisia
Silver, repoussé and engraved
L: 38; Diam:12 cm
Gift of Charlotte Bergman, Jerusalem
Accession number: B92.0842
 
 
The function of the ring is to fasten the belt, which is made of a bundle of cords and wound around the hips. The chains soldered to the ring sometimes hang down as far as the hem and jangle as the woman walks, in order to attract attention and repel demons.

Publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Exhibition:
In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 31/12/2000 - 12/01/2001

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir