Tantour

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Tantour on a Druze woman in Chouf, Lebanon - 1870s
Recreated costume of a Lebanese princess from the nineteenth century, including a tantur

The tantour (tantoor) was a form of cone-shaped woman's headdress similar to the hennin, popular in the Levant during the nineteenth century, but seldom seen after 1850.[1][2]

The tradition persisted longer in Lebanon among the Druze, as evidenced by the 1870s photograph to the right.

The tantour was held in place by ribbons tied around the head. A silk scarf was wound around the base with a white veil attached to the peak. The height and composition of the tantour were proportional to the wealth of its owner, with the most splendid tantours made of gold and reaching as high as thirty inches. Some were encrusted with gems and pearls.

The tantour was a customary gift presented to the bride by her husband on their wedding day.[3]

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  1. ^ "19th Century Lebanese Princess", Almashriq, NO: Hiof
  2. ^ "The Tantour or Shihabbiyeen". TRMKT. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  3. ^ "Almashriq". NO: Hiof. Retrieved 2010-08-16. |contribution= ignored (help)