Design Figurative Human

Figurative Human design

Slide-Show: Abstract human figure (fertility symbol)

 In the slide-show you find examples of:

a) Abstract Human shape (fertility symbols or Jinn) The human image is not allowed with the Suni Moslims,  however it is allowed with the Shia's Moslims) See also Ref 5.

b) Hand of Fatima / pointed finger

c) Heart

d) Humans on coins. Not allowed with the Suni Muslims. However Snouck Hurgronje in his book Mekka tells us to his surprise that during the 19th century Venetian coins (with on one side a picture of the Doge and on the otherside  the image of Jesus Christ) were very popular amulets for Arab women in  Mekka and Medina!! (in Oman we found several of these ancient Venetian coins on a set of antique earrings). In case of the common silver Maria Theresa thalers, Omani women typically put the side of the coins with the "Eagle"on front, so the human image is not displayed.Venetian coins with the image of Jesus Christ worn by Arab women in Medina

Antique Omani silver earrings with venetian coins

Ancient Venetian coins on these Omani earrings 

e) Exotic

f) Evil eye

Subject:  Figurative / Human designs

Period: used until recently

Origin: Used all over Oman

  1. Craft heritage of Oman
  2. Athman H. Athman stules of Swahili carving page 47 1996 11-29
  3. Ruth Hawley Omani Silver, Longman, London
  4. Snouck Hurgronje Mekka pages 166-167

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