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Necklace made of large plain hollow silver beads and threaded on a twisted cord of cotton fabric. The ends of each bead are decorated with spiky beaded wire, which makes them resemble the shape of a pomegranate. The central bead comprises a large ovoid bead with a decorative band of twisted and beaded wire around its circumference. The beads at the two ends of the necklace have conical silver beads attached to them with floral stamped decoration. The necklace also includes two small plastic orange beads simulating coral. This type of necklace is associated with the area of Sur in northern Oman, and is usually worn by girls.
- Made in: Oman
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman)
- Weight: 52 grammes
- Length: 42 centimetres (fully opened)
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).
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.
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Object reference number: RRM41739
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