Omani Girls

Two Omani girls in Zanzibar playing with a doll
  • Description

 

Official stereo photo title by Keystone Company USA: " Swahili women with a fetish: The extraordinary doll shaped object is a fetish, a holy object, which by some supernatural power keeps away devils and guards their happiness. Muslims in Zanzibar are less fanatically strict about religious than their brethren in Morocco and Turkey 

 

Description:

Stereographic photo taken around 1900. Comment: in our view it are just two Omani girls in Zanzibar playing with a doll wearing silver anklet and wooden (silver covered) shoes and masks.

References:

  1. Keystone-Mast Collection Guide 2003