Charming: Bedouin jewellery and veils

16 October 2010 until 13 March 2011

Postal card (beginning 20th century)Postal card (beginning 20th century)
Bedouin jewelleryBedouin jewellery
Postal card (beginning 20th century)Postal card (beginning 20th century)

Lovely silver jewellery and colourful veils from three private collections comprise this modest exhibition that goes along with the exhibition 'Egyptian Magic'. Both the jewellery and the veils are from the Bedouin people of Western Asia and Northern Africa. They date from the period of the end of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century.

Magical jewellery

Bedouin jewellery are not just objects of aesthetic and economic value. They also show the status of the person wearing them and offer magical protection against evil. Amulets and symbols that have played an important role since antiquity already are still used often in the Mid-East and Northern Africa. In the exhibition, you will see some related jewellery and amulets from the museum's collections "Egypt" and "Classical World".

Colourful veils

The exhibited veils are ornately decorated with amulets, beads, coins and colourful embroidery to ward off evil. They border between jewellery and clothing. At the same time, the veils offer both identity and anonymity, and reveal the social position of the women wearing them.

Book 'Desert Silver'

The exhibition is partly associated with the book ‘Desert Silver' by Sigrid van Rode, who has studied traditional silver jewellery from the Middle East and Northern Africa for over ten years. The books is to be published in early November 2010. The section on veils is based on research by archaeologist and heritage specialist Jolanda Bos.