Antique Omani silver Omani Silver headdress

Hair string named SHEMRUCK
  • Description

 

Rare Omani silver Shamruck, especially difficult to find with such a beautiful  original silver finial bead (very detailed silver work)

Made of plated goat leather  and overlapping thin disks with very fine silver ornament / bead at end.  Worn by Bedu women of central and northern Oman.  Weight 35 gram but partly leather.  Purpose: Jewelry for the hair. Weight 40 grams.

 

 

Antique Omani silver

 

 

Arab names: Shamrukh  / Shemruck Bedewyna

Period: 1850-1950

Origin: Oman. Mahra women

References:
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997  p 62; p 161
  2. The Craft heritage of Oman volume 2  p 438 fig 14
  3. Catalog of the Oman exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam 2009 page 135  (a later variant)
  4. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman by Jean Greffioz 2009 (privately published) page 25 fig 2.12 has photo with a similar item.