Antique Omani silver open narrow Bracelet with bosses, favored by the Bedu

One open narrow antique Omani Dhofar Bracelet with bosses
  • Description

One open narrow C-shaped bracelet with bosses. They are of a kind favored by the Bedu. Larger ones are built up by soldering two or three of these bracelets together  (see Carter ref 2 page 113) Scarce  (but I have seen Indian fakes in the Muttrah souq the last time we visited Oman) 6,5 cm long 1,9 cm high  weight 25 grams

 

Arab name: Mekaddebid

Period: 1850-1950

Origin: Oman: Dhahirah region according to Carter

 References:
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 9-271276-278 (Mekaddebit)
  2. J.L. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 113 
  3. Silver jewellery of Oman by Jehan S Rajab 1997 p 32 
  4. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 88
  5. Arab & Islamic Silver by Saad Al-Jadir 1981   Stacey International  p 121 bottom
  6. British Museum on-line collection number 2009,6023.39-40 Weight 40 grams 6.1 cm wide 2,4 cm high  Pair of narrow silver C-shaped bracelets (banjiri bu shawkah / banagiri mushawwaka, literally 'spiked bracelet') with a row of spiked bosses punctuated by vertical rows of four small round bosses. Made from sheet silver which was heated and hammered into a mould (die-stamped) The rims of the bracelets are decorated with rows of rope-like patterns made from wire-work. Worn in pairs by girls. From northern Oman