Snuff Handkerchief
Turkish, mid-19th century
Snuff Handkerchief, Turkish, 19th century

Resist-dyed cotton snuff handkerchief with silk and gilt metal thread embroidery at both ends, depicting stylized undulating floral sprays.

So called for their dark ground color, which was intended to mask the staining from snuff use.

For similar handkerchiefs, see Roderick Taylor, Ottoman Embroidery (1993), pp. 51-53.

33.75" H x 21.25" W
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