Eleven examples of antique Omani silver rings for the First Finger (next to the thumb)

Antique Omani silver Shadid ring
  • Description

Common ring. The "al shadad" is the term for the forefinger in Arabic and is so called  because a Muslim points this finger alone when uttering the shahadah the Islamic doctrinal formula. Some of the rings have chased decoration with gold-wash or with  granulation. The eleven Shadid  rings shown in the slide-show have two basic shapes:

a) Circle surmounted  by a lozenge-shape

b) Teardrop design

These rings are often finely engraved with flowers and or leaf designs.

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 Antique Omani rings

 

Al Hazm Fort Decoration

Ancient decoration Oman Al Hazm Fort, inside the cannon tower

Arab names: Shadid / Shahid / Shawahid  ( meaning Witness )

Period: 1900-1970

Origin: Worn throughout Oman,but most common in Northern Oman and Dhofar.

References:
  • Craft heritage of Oman Vol 2 p 445 item 062
  • Tribute to Oman 18th National day "Ring Cycle Masterpieces of traditional jewellery" by  R. Richmond  p 149-153
  • Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 112-115
  • A tribute to Oman National day Volume X "Muscat and its custom houses" Robert Richmond. Apex page 80
  • Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 84 fig 79 
  • Silver the traditional Art of Oman 2000 (new edition)
  • Ruth Hawley p 36 ; Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 112
  • Islamic Art in Oman page 355
  • Oman Faces and Places page 136
  • Catalog of the Oman exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam 2009 page 16,  132  (poor example)