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An Eastern European coronet for a sterntikhl, 19th century
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An Eastern European coronet for a sterntikhl, 19th century
Estimate
15,00025,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Important Judaica, including a Distinguished Private Collection

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An Eastern European coronet for a sterntikhl, 19th century
natural pearls, gold and silk thread embroidered on velvet, in leather case
height 3 in.; length 7 1/8 in.
17.6 cm; 8 cm
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Provenance

Michael and Judy Steinhardt Collection, sold, Sotheby’s New York, 29 April, 2013, lot 225

Exhibited

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, A World Apart Next Door: Glimpses into the Life of Hassidic Jews, June-December 2012, illustrated pp. 142-143

Literature

Esther Juhasz, ed., The Jewish Wardrobe: From the Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2012, similar examples illustrated pp. 116-117 and 324

Catalogue Note

The sterntikhl (Yiddish for "forehead kerchief") is a distinctive and lavish head covering worn on the Sabbath and festivals by married women in Eastern Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Decorated with pearls and precious stones, it was a reflection of a family's fortune. According to early accounts, affluent women would on occasion donate a precious stone from their sterntikhls to help a poor bride adorn her own. Historically, this sumptuous head covering was worn by Hasidic and non-Hasidic women, but since the twentieth century, only a small number of Hasidic women continue this custom. Very few of the early examples of this distinctive head covering remain extant.

Important Judaica, including a Distinguished Private Collection

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New York