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Pair of hinged silver bracelets ('sqalit', sing. 'sqal') with a row of rounded bosses punctuated with vertical rows of small dots. Made from sheet silver which was heated and hammered into a mould (die-stamped). On each bracelet, a central oval plaque decorated with a small red bead and dense granulation conceals the clasp and screw-pin. The top and bottom of the screw-pin is embellished with silver granulation and the rims of the bracelets feature die-stamped rows of dots, twisted wire patterns and plain bands. Usually worn in pairs by girls from the Dhofar region.
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Diameter: 5.40 centimetres (average)
Height: 4.20 centimetres (incl. pin)
Weight: 53 grammes (63a)
Weight: 53 grammes (63b)
- Curator's comments
- According to Miranda Morris, 'A type of silver bracelet commonly worn throughout Dhofar was the sqalit (sing. sqal). This took a variety of forms, but basically consisted of a broad band of silver from which projected a ring or rings of domes or bosses, or (but this was more common in the desert areas) a ring or rings of conical spikes, often with a line of dots separating the projections. The bangles with domed bosses were called 'sqal bu ngum' or 'sqal bu kuwthereh', and the spiked bracelets 'manger' or 'mangeri'...This style [of bracelet] though worn in Dhofar, originated in Saudi Arabia; it was brought back from Mecca by pilgrims.' Miranda Morris and Pauline Shelton, 'Oman Adorned: A Portrait in Silver' (Muscat, 1997), p.275-276. 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).
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- Acquisition notes
- 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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