Pair of heavy C-shaped silver bracelets made from a thick rod of scored and twisted silver curved into an incomplete circle with rounded knobs capped on each end. The bracelets are decorated with beaded wire on the seams joining the bracelet and the capped knobs.
- Made in: Oman (Dhofar)
- (Asia,Middle East,Arabia,Oman)
- Found/Acquired: Salalah
- Diameter: 7.5 centimetres (average widest part)
- Height: 1 centimetres (average)
- Weight: 178 grammes (51a)
- Weight: 162 grammes (51b)
Illustrated in Miranda Morris and Pauline Shelton, 'Oman Adorned: A Portrait in Silver' (Muscat, 1997), p.276. According to Miranda Morris, these types of bracelets were mainly worn to the west of Dhofar. 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); and Jehan S. Rajab, 'Silver Jewellery of Oman' (Kuwait, 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: RRM46490
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