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Saudi Fine & Unusual Pair of Silver Earrings

Saudi Arabia and possibly Oman
19th century

lengths: 8.5cm, combined weight: 20g

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Provenance

UK art market

This pair of solid silver (but hollow) earrings is unusual for their relatively small size and their elegant proportions.

Most probably they are from Saudi Arabia or the border region with Oman. They are similar to earrings that traditionally were worn by Bedouin women in Oman but are more of the (smaller) size and elongation of those worn in Saudi Arabia.

Each is shaped as two elongated cones joined around a pearled, ribbed mid section.

They terminate with a prominent cluster of silver spheres heaped into a pyramid form and modelled after the mulberry – an ancient motif also used in jewellery in nearby Oman, Yemen and Iraq.

The pair are in a fine, wearable condition. One has a small dent which is not that noticeable. Both have a wonderful patina and softness that has come from age and handling.

References

Hawley, R., Silver: The Traditional Art of Oman, Stacey International, 2000.

Leurquin, A., A World of Necklaces: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America from the Ghysels Collection, Skira, 2003.

Rajab, J.S., Silver Jewellery of Oman, Tareq Rajab Museum, 1998.

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