Antique Omani silver necklace from Dhofari Necklace (old piece of Omani silver jewelry)

Antique Omani silver necklace from Dhofari Named Malketeh
  • Description

Scarce Dhofari Necklace (in this quality) Less elaborate as the Manthura necklace. The example in our collection seems to have more detail design features than normal and also it is made of higher quality silver rather than the usual cheap alloy.  In the market you find simpler modern / recent copies. This is a genuine old piece with lots of dents and fine details.  The original old ones (with finer workmanship)  are uncommon. Note that the beads are all hammered and not cast. Weight  600 grams. 

Omani silver necklace

 

Arab names: Malketeh (in Dhoar sometimes also called a Manthura necklace)

Period: 1900-1950

Origin: Oman Dhofar desert areas

 References:
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond Miranda Morris / Apex London 1997 p 261 Bottom
  2. Jehan S Rajab Silver Jewelery of Oman p 65
  3. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz  p76
  4. Arab & Islamic Silver by Saad Al-Jadir 1981   Stacey International  p 100 (bottom)
  5. Ethnic Jewellery from Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands 2002 Amsterdam Pepin Press p56
  6. Oman Faces and Places page 133
  7. PDO News No 4/1992 Picture of necklace on the front cover  with an omani antique dealer, nicknamed the "catman" as he looked after many street cats in the souq.
  8. Oman Faces and places, articles from PDO News magazine 2009 page 133
  9. Volkerenkundig Museum Leiden Inventory 5715-2328