nose-ring / bead
D-shaped nose-ring (khashafa or khazama) made of silver and ornamented on the straight edge of the "D" with a coral-coloured glass bead set between two tubular silver beads. The tubular beads are dome-shaped on one end and decorated with beaded wire.
- Made in: Oman (southern)
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman)
- Found/Acquired: Salalah
- Diameter: 3.2 centimetres
- Weight: 4 grammes
This type of nose-ring was worn by married women in the fleshy tip of the nose in the right centre. This type of nose-ring was identical to, but smaller than, the D-shaped earrings known as halka or halqa.
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: RRM45084