Single antique Omani Baluchi silver incised bracelet (Omani jewelry for a small child) or anklet

Engraved antique Omani silver bracelet
  • Description

Very  Rare Miniature single crescent shaped bracelet made of high grade silver for a small child. These bracelets were worn by boys and girls. No pebbles inside this small type. Diameter inside 5 cm Height 1,5 cm Diameter 8 cm 30 grams. Compare with the one in the Harold Ingrams collection in the British Museum

 

antique Omani silver bracelet

 

 

Arab names: Kamar (moon)  / Sanka (Baluchi name)

Period: 1850-1940

Origin: Oman: Baluchi people in Muscat and Muttrah; Also similarities with incised bracelets from Yemen.

References:
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond Miranda Morris / Apex London 1997 p 112 
  2. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 78 fig 73
  3. Silver jewellery of Oman by Jehan S Rajab 1997 p 59
  4. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 91
  5. British Museum Harold Ingrams collection, collected in the 1930´s.  On line collection number 2012, 6030.47 Height 1,5 cm Diameter 5.7 cm, Weight 38 grams Dated 1930-1940. Cresent-shaped silver bracelets (qamr, literally 'moon') with ridged edges. Hollow and filled with small stones that rattle inside. Ornamented with chased decoration including dots, hatched lines and abstract floral motifs. Usually worn in pairs by children, both boys and girls, as bracelets and anklets and are particularly associated with Baluch people of Yemen and Oman.
  6. Oman Faces and Places page 137
  7. Oman and its Renaissance  by Sir Donald Hawley Stacey International London 1987 page 139 photo with similar item
  8. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman by Jean Greffioz 2009 (privately published) page 91 fig 5.11 has photo with a similar item.