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    Omani Silver Bead & Trade Glass Bead Necklace

    Either Batinah or Sur, Oman
    19th-early 20th century

    circumference: approx. 50cm, weight: 106g

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    private collection, London.

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    This string of simple and wearable hollow, silver beads with two glass beads is from Oman. The silver beads are of elongated, spherical shape  with a ring of silver granulation work around the hole of each.

    The central bead is the largest and has a red bead and a yellow bead on either side.

    The terminating beads are long and conical and are impressed with geometric motifs.

    Seiwert (2009, p. 115) illustrates a broadly similar necklace but attributes it to the Harar people of Ethiopia. But this likely reflects influence from trade.

    A similar necklace is illustrated in Kanawati et al (2003, p. 150) and Hawley (2000, p. 56).

    The beads have a splendid patina and obvious age. They are on their original cotton fabric strip threading.



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

    Kanawati, N., et al, Nizwa and Sohar 30 Years Ago: A Glimpse of the Past, 2003.

    Seiwert, W.D., Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2009.

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