A pair of antique Omani silver "Nizwa anklets "

Two Omani antal Nizwa anklets with pierced flower design in front.
  • Description

A common pair of  "Nizwa anklets" with very fine pierced design in front.  The inside is rounded and the outside has a rounded decorated "panel" This flattish side was worn on the inside towards the other leg.

The anklet is opened half way the panel and fastened with a large silver pin . Total weight 770 grams. Measures: inside 6 cm outside 11 cm.

Omani silver anklet Nizwa

 

Arab names: Natal / Mutal  / Antal (Carter)

Period: 1900-1970

Origin:  Oman Nizwa. (Carter in His Tribes of Oman shows a similar set made by Abdullah bin Badr al Manthary known as the Master of Sulayf)

 References:
  1. Oman Adorned 116-120;
  2. Richardson & Dorr The craft and Heritage of Oman vol 1 222-233.J.L.
  3. Stuhlmann handwerk und industrie in Ostafrika Friederichsen & Co Hamburg 1910 page 130 abbildung 73 antal anklet
  4. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 166;
  5. A tribute to Oman National day Volume X "Muscat and its custom houses" Robert Richmond. Apex page 80 ;
  6. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 73 fig 64
  7. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 101 but simpler design
  8. British Museum online collection number 2009,6023.53-54 Diameter 12 cm Height 6 cm Weight 749 grams combined
  9. Islamic Art in Oman page 354 poor examples
  10. Volkerenkundig Museum Leiden Inventory 5715-2330. poor example and poor description. These anklets are not made by Jewish silversmiths. Dating 1890-1950.