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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Middle Eastern ➔ Cap, Fez

Red felt cap with top black tassel.;The fez is a flat-topped felt cap, shaped like a truncated cone. It is tradtionally red in color with a black tassel attached at the top center. Its name comeas from the city of Fez, Morocco, where it originated. It has different names depending on the version or the country. The fez became an official part of formal attire in the Ottoman Empire in 1826. During this time, the Ottoman empire was adopting a European style of dress, but European headwear did not meet the Islamic requirement that men should press their heads to the ground when praying. The Sultan thus issued a decree that the fez would become part of formal attire, regardless of the subject's religious sect. Aftre Worl War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the fez was banned as a symbol of feudalsim.
4" h 5.5" w 5.5" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Gift Of Minerva Pollard
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.
Pollard, Mrs. Harry

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Henshaw, Minerva