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Ruth the Moabitess and others, 1925-1946

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posted on 31.05.2019, 07:54 by Freja Howat-Maxted, Leila Sansour, Jacob Norris
This is a digital reproduction of an image held within the Library of Congress.

The image depicts a woman playing the part of Naomi from the old testament book of Ruth. She is wearing traditional Bethlehem clothing including a bridal dress (malak) with an embroidered chest panel, a short jacket (taqsireh) and headscarf. The headdress is especially recognisable to the Bethlehem region and is otherwise known as the 'shatweh'. The shatweh is a headdress worn by married women to signify family wealth. Hidden underneath the cloth are rows of coral, coins and beads sewn into the cone-shaped headdress. This image exists as part of a wider series intended to depict the Old Testament book of Ruth.

This image is part of the Bethlehem Women collection within the Planet Bethlehem Archive.

History

Contributors

G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection

Date

c.1925-1946

Type

1 negative : safety film ; 4 x 5 in.

Source

Library of Congress, Matson Collection

Spatial

31.7053996,35.1936877

Spatial Relation

Bethlehem

Identifier

pb_lc_bwo_c19250000-0032aa.tiff

Rights

Library of Congress. No known restrictions on publication.

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