Bunch of knotted fibre used for ritual washing of the dead

Made:
1901-1929 in Turkey
maker:
Unknown

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Bunch of knotted fibre, used for washing dead, from Constantinople, Turkish, 1901-1929

The dead were washed using this bunch of knotted fibre. It originates from Constantinople, now Istanbul, in Turkey. Many cultures have special rituals for preparing the dead for cremation or burial. Washing the body is obligatory in Islamic cultures, where it is washed more than once – perhaps three, five or seven times. The number is always an odd number.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A6069
type:
brush
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Drug Bazaar

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