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The Jewelry of Jewish Women in Bukhara

<b>The Jewelry of Jewish Women in Bukhara</b>

The Jewelry of Jewish Women in Bukhara

Bukhara, a city in Central Asia and a former Emirate, has come to refer to all the Jewish communities in Uzbekistan. The jewelry of the Jewish bride in Bukhara – made of embossed gold plaques stuffed with bitumen and studded with emeralds, rubies, and tourmalines – reflects the wealth of her community. Brides and affluent women adorned their head ornaments with a fragrant rose and their temple ornaments with the feather of a peacock (ketshak). The jewelry typically features sun motifs, lotus flowers, dragon heads, birds, fish, and hearts. At the end of the 19th century, silversmithing was a common occupation among Jews; after the Russian conquest of the area, however, many turned to trading in jewelry.

Bequest of Yahav Magen through the Bank of Israel, Jerusalem|Purchased through the gift of Baroness Bat Sheba de Rothschild, Tel Aviv|Gift of Benjamin Zucker, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in honor of his wife Barbara

Accession number:

O.S.B66.1742, B64.12.4154(a-b), B64.12.4171, B64.12.4208(a-b), B66.12.1576, B85.1179(a-b), B10.0880, B69.0038, B69.0350

Jewish Art and Life
From the Israel Museum publications:

3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015