Pair of silver hoop earrings (halqa or hilqa) with coiled silver wire decoration. Each earring includes different removable dangling pendants. One (a) comprises silver beads of varying lengths embellished with beaded wire and granulation and the other (b) has a long conical silver bead and a small plain silver bead. Usually worn by girls and women in Northern Oman.
- Made in: Oman (northern)
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman)
- Found/Acquired: Salalah
- Diameter: 2.5 centimetres (average of each hoop)
- Height: 5.1 centimetres (a (including pendant))
- Height: 6 centimetres (b (including pendant))
- Weight: 7 grammes (a)
- Weight: 5 grammes (b)
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: RRM44306
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