Pair of broad flat silver anklets (habus or hubs), made up of a series of interconnected vertical pieces (senduk) decorated with diamond-shaped motifs. The two rectangular end plaques on each anklet are decorated with framed borders of beaded wire and granulation. Each anklet fastens together with a pin attached to a chain. Associated with women and girls of the coastal towns and villages of Dhofar.
- Made in: Dhofar
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman,Dhofar)
- Length: 17 centimetres (average)
- Width: 4 centimetres
- Weight: 75 grammes (2009,6023.135)
- Weight: 75 grammes (2009,6023.136)
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.
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: RRM41853
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