Harb Bedouin Mask
REF: 15/10416 / LA328491
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In the Hijaz (Islamic Holy Land) Arabic women of the 'Harb' tribe wear the veil on certain occasions. The Harb people are a Bedouin tribe living between western Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The function of the veil is ostensible to preserve female modesty, which allows male tribe members to control female bodies. Such masks are not for everyday use; they would be too hot and heavy. They are worn during special events such as weddings and feasts, and when strangers visit the camp.
Bridport Antiques has clarified that the Harb Bedouin Mask (LA328491) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1920
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