Omani silver Halka Earrings / mask fittings Rare complete piece of Omani Jewelry.

Earrings / mask fittings
  • Description

 

Very rare magnificent Omani antique silver item. Top quality silver-work! The chain made from braided (stitched like a sock) silver.  With several silver appliqu├ęs including 2 mini Koran boxes. The finials / hooks in the shape of the evil eye and with arabesque  (Nizwa?) design.  Top quality item, but without the earrings. However could also very well have been used to keep a mask in position. Weight 200 grams. 89 cm long.

 

On April 30 1848 the famous female traveller Ida Pfeiffer visited Muscat and mentioned in her book: " The Muscati women wear a sort of mask in blue fabric held by iron hooks or wire , which does not touch their faces" The "iron" she mentions is obviously silver

Antique Omani silver Burqa  

Arab names: Part of a Mishel, Mishill  or Burqa (to support heavy earrings or to keep a mask into position)

Period: 1850-1950

Origin: Oman

 References:

  1.  Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p71 bottom