The Jewelry of Jewish Women in Bukhara

Unknown19th century - Early 20th century

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Bukhara, a city in Central Asia and a former Emirate, has come to refer to all the Jewish communities in Uzbekistan. The jewelry of the Jewish bride in Bukhara – made of embossed gold plaques stuffed with bitumen and studded with emeralds, rubies, and tourmalines – reflects the wealth of her community. Brides and affluent women adorned their head ornaments with a fragrant rose and their temple ornaments with the feather of a peacock (ketshak). The jewelry typically features sun motifs, lotus flowers, dragon heads, birds, fish, and hearts. At the end of the 19th century, silversmithing was a common occupation among Jews; after the Russian conquest of the area, however, many turned to trading in jewelry.Credit: Bequest of Yahav Magen through the Bank of Israel, Jerusalem

Purchased through the gift of Baroness Bat Sheba de Rothschild, Tel Aviv

Extended loan from Benjamin Zucker, New York

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  • Title: The Jewelry of Jewish Women in Bukhara
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century - Early 20th century
  • Type: Jewelry
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Curator: Curators: Bar’am Ben-Yossef, No'am; Hovav, Revital