Very Rare Omani silver Taswirah figure (worn by children or by women as fertility talismans) with unusually fine detailed decoration. Although the representation of the human form is generally forbidden in Islam, the pre-Islamic tradition survived in the making of a variety of amulets. Weight 25 grams. Length 7 cm.
Ref 5 Mols: 'Another shape invested with magical protective powers is an abstracted human figure, the taswira. This amulet is unique to Oman. For children it was believed to ward off evil influences, while in the case of a woman, the taswira supposedly enhanced her fertility.