Masked Baluchi ladies in Muscat by A.R. Fernandez 1901

Masked Muscat ladies Postcard by Fernandez 1901
  • Description

Postcard with photo of Baluchi women with masks in Muscat by A.R. Fernandez 1901.

Original inscription in pencil on the back of the postcard: "what about falling in love with one of these" . Not a strange comment, it happened to the German Rudolph Ruete who fell in love with the Omani princess Bibi Salme in Zanzibar! 

 

 

 

Antique postcard woman Oman

Antique postcard woman Muscat Oman

Postcard details

Two women wearing Omani jewelry! Printed on Germany. These cards are very rare. The same photo was also used years later in an article in the New-York Times in 1916 (see below)  It was also used in the article Notes on Oman by S.M. Zwemer in 1911 (Ref 2) page 95 with the title "native women in Oman, the heavy silver anklets, ear-rings, bracelets and nose jewels are typical , as is also the peculiar veil worn over the face"

References:

  1. New York Times mid week pictorial March 9 1916 "Masked and Jeweled women of war-girt Arabia"
  2. National Geographic magazine Washington Jan 1911
  3. The traditional Women´s Dress of Oman by Julia m. Stehlin-Alzadjali, Centr eof Omani dress 2010 page 65
  4. Oman's national dress for women (special supplement)  in Times of Oman in association The Zubair cooperation 17 November 2015