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necklace / qur'an-case

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As1999,01.25

  • Description

    Amuletic necklace with a large, elaborately decorated silver rectangular hirz (Qur'an case) pendant with nine sets of danglers with crescents and bells hanging from chains. The hirz hangs from a pyramid-shaped network of interlocked silver rods and loops and three long strands of silver chains. The case is densely decorated on the front with several framed borders of raised dots, diamond shapes, beaded and twisted wirework and small pointed bosses. The left side of the hirz pendant can be opened and the Qur'an page is missing inside. This style of decoration is associated with hirz made in Mutrah which are influenced by those of Baluchistan. Northern Oman, possibly Mutrah.

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  • Date

    • 1950s-1960s
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 48 centimetres (including hirz and danglers)
    • Height: 7 centimetres (hirz pendant)
    • Width: 8.5 centimetres (hirz pendant)
    • Weight: 227 grammes
  • Condition

    Some red pigment on front and back.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1999

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by donor whilst in service of armed forces in area, 1966-1978.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    As1999,01.25

Amuletic necklace with a large, elaborately decorated silver rectangular hirz (Qur'an case) pendant with nine sets of danglers with crescents and bells hanging from chains. The hirz hangs from a pyramid-shaped network of interlocked silver rods and loops and three long strands of silver chains. The case is densely decorated on the front with several framed borders of raised dots, diamond shapes, beaded and twisted wirework and small pointed bosses. The left side of the hirz pendant can be opened and the Qur'an page is missing inside. This style of decoration is associated with hirz made in Mutrah which are influenced by those of Baluchistan. Northern Oman, possibly Mutrah.

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