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Tunisian costume

Tunisian costume

  • Place of origin:

    Tunisia (made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Complete Tunisian man's costume.

Place of Origin

Tunisia (made)


late 19th century (made)



Object history note

This costume is said to have been presented Gabriel Jacques von Rosenberg to the donor's grandfather by the Bey of Tunis in 1890. The costume was presented as a thankyou to Rosenberg who delivered a bear to the Bey on behalf of the Tsar.
Displayed in "V and A Africa: Exploring Hidden Histories"
15th November 2012- 3rd February 2013

Descriptive line

embroidered, 1890, Tunisian

Labels and date


This man’s sash would have been worn wrapped several times around the middle of the body with the folds functioning as small pockets. It is part of a complete outfit that the museum holds. The donor reported that the costume belonged to his grandfather Gabriel von-Rosenberg. Von-Rosenberg was given the costume in the 1870s when he presented a bear to the Bey (ruler) of Tunis on behalf of the Russian Tsar.

Silk, woven
Given by J. Sassoon
Museum no. T.11a-1964
[15/11/2012 - 03/02/2014]


Middle East Section

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