ear-ring / ear-pendant
Pair of C-shaped silver hoop earrings (halqa or hilqa), each decorated with coiled and beaded silver wire, granulation, and two removable dangling ear-pendants. One pendant is a silver ovoid bead with granulation and twisted wire and the other is a pair of stylised 'Hands of Fatima' danglers on chains. The earrings would have been worn supported on a silver or textile head-strap (mishill, e.g. see 2009,6023.184), as they are rather heavy for pierced ears. Usually worn by women in Northern Oman.
- Made in: Oman (northern)
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman)
- Found/Acquired: Salalah
- Diameter: 6 centimetres (average of each hoop)
- Height: 12.5 centimetres (average with pendants)
- Weight: 54 grammes (a-b-c)
- Weight: 49 grammes (d-e-f)
For similar examples see: Neil Richardson and Marcia Dorr, 'The Craft Heritage of Oman' (Dubai, 2003); Ruth Hawley, 'Silver: The Traditional Art of Oman' (London, 2000); Jehan S. Rajab, 'Silver Jewellery of Oman' (Kuwait, 1997); and Miranda Morris and Pauline Shelton, 'Oman Adorned: A Portrait in Silver' (Muscat, 1997).
This object is part of a collection of mid-20th-century silver items (2012,6010.1 ff.) acquired in Oman between 1984-1995. This collection was acquired in southern Oman in the markets of Salalah, Dhofar.
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Object reference number: RRM44303
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