"Jewish Village Girl"


From the collection at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC., #58.G54), it is referred to as an image of a Jewish village girl taken circa 1870. She is elaborately decorated with an abundance of silver jewelry, which must have been somewhat uncommon for simple villagers in Persia, indicative of the economic status of her family.

The oblong silver pendant hanging from her neck is similar to those seen worn by women throughout the region, often containing talismans (grains of rice, verses from holy books, etc). Hanging from it, as well as from her headdress, are what appear to be coins, another common accoutrement of jewelry worn by women of the area.