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Pashtun people Woman's ear covers 1910-60 Place made: Afghanistan
Materials & Technique: textiles, horsehair, glass beads, metal medallions, cotton; braiding, beadwork, running stitch
Dimensions: .a 6.8 h x 4.3 w cm .b 7.0 h x 4.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.284.A-B

Ornamental ear covers are worn by women as jewellery items, intended to bring good fortune and to protect the wearer from evil spirits and sickness. The sound made by the jingling metal medallions and pendants is thought to ward off demons.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label