This red fez is made of felt and has a black tassel on the top. It originates from Morocco and was part of the formal attire of the Ottoman Empire in 1826 because it easily allowed the wearer to press their heads to the ground when praying. After the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the fez was banned in Turkey and wearers were imprisoned.
Today the fez is a national symbol of Morocco, where it is called a “tarboosh". It is worn by the country’s king, royal guard, cabinet ministers, and palace staff. In most Muslim countries, however, the hat is now considered politically incorrect as it represents the Ottoman oppressors.
4" h 5.5" w 5.5" d
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Minerva Henshaw;Mrs. Harry Pollard;Mrs. Ralph Purchase
Discovery Kit: Hats (November 2018) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Hats (May 2020) Hats and headwear have been worn for centuries by people around the world to serve a variety of purposes, cultural traditions and religious practices. This resource provides tools and activities for investigating a number of hats in the Grand Rapid Public Museum’s Collections.