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bracelet / anklet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2009,6023.87-88

  • Description

    Pair of cresent-shaped silver bracelets (qamr, literally 'moon') with ridged edges. The hollow bracelets are ornamented with chased decoration including dots, circles, hatched lines and abstract floral motifs. These were worn in pairs by children, both boys and girls, as bracelets and anklets and are particularly associated with the Baluch families of the Mutrah and Muscat regions of northern Oman.

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1950s
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 56 grammes (2009,6023.87)
    • Weight: 53 grammes (2009,6023.88)
    • Diameter: 7.5 centimetres (average)
  • Curator's comments

    For similar examples see: Ruth Hawley, 'Silver: The Traditional Art of Oman' (London, 2000); Jehan S. Rajab, 'Silver Jewellery of Oman' (Kuwait, 1997); Neil Richardson and Marcia Dorr, 'The Craft Heritage of Oman' (Dubai, 2003); Miranda Morris and Pauline Shelton, 'Oman Adorned: A Portrait in Silver' (Muscat, 2007).

    According to Pauline Shelton, '[This style of bracelet] seems to have been worn particularly by the Baluchi families of the Mutrah and Muscat area - and was probably worn by children, both boys and girls. It is also probable that children wore these on both their wrists and their ankles...', p.112.

    One of the bracelets/anklets (2009,6023.88) has small stones inside which would rattle with the movement of the wearer.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Fair

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2009

  • Acquisition notes

    This object is part of a collection of 20th century silver items (2009,6023.1 ff.) acquired in Oman between 1987-1995. This collection was mainly acquired in the markets of Nizwa, Mutrah and Rustaq and a small number of pieces were acquired in Sur, Wadi Bani Ouf, Bahla, Ibra and Ibri.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    2009,6023.87-88

Pair of cresent-shaped silver bracelets (qamr, literally 'moon') with ridged edges. The hollow bracelets are ornamented with chased decoration including dots, circles, hatched lines and abstract floral motifs. These were worn in pairs by children, both bo

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