A plaque sewn to the back of the textile indicates that it was owned by Isaac Sassoon, who lived in London in the early twentieth century. Sassoon was a significant collector of Judaica and lent over twenty-five items to the famous 1906 exhibition of Jewish art and antiquities in the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. Related examples of cloths like this one are in the Jewish Museum, New York (F 6033), and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (161/4).
Isaac Sassoon (rear plaque)
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Cissy Grossman, Fabric of Jewish Life: Textiles from the Jewish Museum Collection (New York: The Museum, 1977), no. 174.
Ora Shwartz-Be’eri, The Jews of Kurdistan: Daily Life, Customs, Arts and Crafts (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 2000), 164-167.
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