Single silver earring (ghalamiya) consisting of a hollow conical bead with a raised central band decorated with silver bosses. The bead is further ornamented with beaded silver wire wrapped around its circumference and a pyramid of silver balls soldered to the bottom tip. A plain round silver hook is soldered to the top. Worn in pairs by women of northern Oman.
- Made in: Oman (northern)
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman)
- Found/Acquired: Salalah
- Length: 8.5 centimetres
- Weight: 10 grammes
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.
Object reference number: RRM44309