head-dress-ornament / head-band
A pair of silver head-bands or head-chains (mishill, literally 'support') used to support heavy ear-rings or ear pendants (ghalamiyyah). Each head-chain is made of six strands of box-chains (three on each side, which are connected in the centre by a fastener made of three soldered figure-of-eight loops). On one end of the head-chain is a large silver hoop, used to suspend an ear-ring, and a tear-drop shaped pendant acts as a decorative counterweight on the other end. The tear-drop is decorated with beaded wire. Worn by Bedouin women in Northern and Central Oman.
- Made in: Oman
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman)
- Weight: 46 grammes (2009,6023.186)
- Length: 35.5 centimetres (2006,6023.186)
- Weight: 43 grammes (2009,6023.187)
- Length: 37.5 centimetres (2009,6023.187)
For similar examples see: Ruth Hawley, 'Silver: The Traditional Art of Oman' (London, 2000); Jehan S. Rajab, 'Silver Jewellery of Oman' (Kuwait, 1997); Neil Richardson and Marcia Dorr, 'The Craft Heritage of Oman' (Dubai, 2003); Miranda Morris and Pauline Shelton, 'Oman Adorned: A Portrait in Silver' (Muscat, 1997).
Not on display
13 September 2010
Reason for treatment
repair and light cleaning
The surface appears to develop a slight tarnish (yellow). One repair is located at the center of the belt and disrupts the view of the object.
The tarnished surface was lightly removed with White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate) on cotton swabs. The white wire was removed by deforming it. The link was cut with a saw chains and was inserted by using pliers covered by tape on the shape parts.
This object is part of a collection of 20th century silver items (2009,6023.1 ff.) acquired in Oman between 1987-1995. This collection was mainly acquired in the markets of Nizwa, Mutrah and Rustaq and a small number of pieces were acquired in Sur, Wadi Bani Ouf, Bahla, Ibra and Ibri.
A pair of silver head-bands or head-chains used to support heavy ear-rings or ear pendants (ghalamiyyah). Each head-chain is made of six strands of box-chains (three on each side, which are connected in the centre by a fastener made of three soldered figu
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Object reference number: RRM41582
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