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anklet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2009,6023.132

  • Description

    A single broad flat silver anklet with bells (habus), made up of a series of interconnected vertical pieces (senduq) decorated with diamond-shaped motifs. The ends and joints of the anklet are decorated with stamped floral motifs and beaded silver wire borders. It fastens together with a pin attached to a chain. The bottom row of the anklet is ornamented with 12 sets of jingling bells. These types of anklets were worn in pairs by married women on festive occasions, especially for dancing. Associated with the women of the coastal towns and villages of Dhofar.

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  • Date

    • 1950s
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 23 centimetres (average)
    • Width: 5 centimetres (with bells)
    • Weight: 126 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    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); and A. Forster, 'Disappearing Treasures of Oman' (Clevedon, 1998);

    According to Miranda Morris, 'The wearing of anklets was rare in the mountain regions of Dhofar. In the coastal towns and villages, however, one style of anklet was quite common. This was the habus...Plain silver anklets were popular in Dhofar's deserts, and were also occasionally worn in coastal towns and villages, though not in the interior mountains.' Miranda Morris and Pauline Shelton, 'Oman Adorned: A Portrait in Silver' (Muscat, 1997), p.287.

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  • Condition

    Fair

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2009

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    2009,6023.132

A single broad flat silver anklet with bells (habus or hubs), made up of a series of interconnected vertical pieces (senduk) decorated with diamond-shaped motifs. The ends and joints of the anklet are decorated with stamped floral motifs and beaded silver wire borders. It fastens together with a pin attached to a chain. The bottom row of the anklet is ornamented with 12 sets of jingling bells. These types of anklets were worn in pairs by married women on festive occasions, especially for dancing. Associated with the women of the coastal towns and villages of Dhofar.

A single broad flat silver anklet with bells (habus or hubs), made up of a series of interconnected vertical pieces (senduk) decorated with diamond-shaped motifs. The ends and joints of the anklet are decorated with stamped floral motifs and beaded silver wire borders. It fastens together with a pin attached to a chain. The bottom row of the anklet is ornamented with 12 sets of jingling bells. These types of anklets were worn in pairs by married women on festive occasions, especially for dancing. Associated with the women of the coastal towns and villages of Dhofar.

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