Two scarce antique Omani silver Ghalamiyat earrings with matching chains (head-bands) and rectangular finials covered in gold leaf. Total Weight 500 grams and 48 cm long. Individual Earring 12 cm long and weight 90 grams.
Arab names: Ghalamiyat / Galamiyat
Origin: Oman Dhahirah
- Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 165
- Omani Silver Ruth Hawley 1978 section earrings (no pagination)
- Craft heritage of Oman Neil Richardson & Maria Dorr Part two p 438 fig 17 p 439 fig 23
- Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 58 fig 49
- Silver jewellery of Oman by Jehan S Rajab 1997 p 7
- Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 36
- British Museum on-line collection number 2009,6023.176-177 Weight individual earrings 70 and 72 grams length 11,5 cm Pair of silver earrings (ghalamiyat) consisting of a large ovoid bead with a raised central band decorated with small silver spikes. The ovoid bead is made from several lengths of twisted silver wire, creating a hollow bird-cage effect. A pyramid of silver balls ending with a bead of mulberry granulation hangs from the bottom tip of the ovoid bead. Soldered to the top is a plain round silver hook. These earrings are too heavy to be hung from pierced earlobes. Rather, for everyday wear they are hung from a loop of leather (shinag) which hangs around the ear. For special occasions, the earrings are hooked from the loops of a silver head-strap (mishill, see for example 2009,6023.186-187). Worn by the Bedouin women of Central Oman
- Oman Faces and Places page 14 Similar archaeological example!
- Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman by Jean Greffioz 2009 (privately published) page 36 fig 3.4 has photo with a similar item.