Masked Baluchi woman in Muscat 1901-1910

Masked Baluchi woman in Muscat
  • Description

 Postcard with photo of a masked Baluchi woman with lots of silver jewelry in Muscat by A.R. Fernandez 1901. The koranbox is unusual for Oman as it has a stone in the middle.

Fernandez produced most of the early postcards of Oman.  

 

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Antique postcard woman Muscat Oman

Postcard details

Baluchi woman 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) The silver "Muttrah style"  koran-box is unusual for Oman as it has a stone in the middle: For an almost identical example see ref 2

References:
  1. New York Times mid week pictorial March 9 1916 "Masked and Jeweled women of war-girt Arabia
  2. Oman Adorned a portrait in silver Robert Richmond, Miranda Morris etc.  Apex Publishing Muscat & Oman page 98 illustration A : "a Muttrah-style hirz, whose style was probably influenced by merchants who originally came from Baluchistan (in present day Pakistan)"
  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