Antique Omani silver key amulet

Key amulet
  • Description

Very rare small Omani silver key amulet with unusually very fine decoration.  Chased and stamped. Silver keys on chains were occasionally worn as decorative items in the North of Oman. In Iran during 18th and 19th century silver locks and keys were used as charms see the book on the Tanavoli collection. These charms frequently have "abstract connected human figures" on them which are interpreted as "love couples" and not as "shackled Jinns" (see on this subject also the Kirsh Kitab item above in this section.

Omani Silver amulet

Arab Name: Muftah

Period: 1850-1950

Origin: Northern Oman Zanzibar Maybe Baluchi/Perian influence?

  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 143 top
  2. A tribute to Oman The Sultanates Yearbook: 1993/1994 "Safe and Sound" by Robert Richmond Apex p 192
  3. Tanavoli Locks form Iran 1976 Smithsonian Institute