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Single silver earring (ghalamiya) consisting of a large cylindrical bead with a raised central band decorated with silver bosses. The bead is further ornamented with beaded silver wire wrapped around its circumference and silver strips stamped with dots. A pyramid of silver balls is soldered to the bottom tip of the bead. and a plain silver hook is soldered to the top. These earrings are too heavy to be hung from pierced earlobes. Rather, for everyday wear they are hung from a loop of leather (shinag) which went right around the ear. For special occasions, the earrings are hooked from the loops of a silver head-strap (mishill, see for example 2009,6023.186-187). Worn by the Bedouin women of Central Oman.
- Made in: Oman (northern)
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman)
- Found/Acquired: Salalah
- Length: 11.5 centimetres
- Weight: 33 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).
Not on display
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: RRM44308
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