Scarce stylised Omani silver figure of a pregnant women? Although the representation of the human form is generally forbidden in Islam , the pre-Islamic tradition survived in the making of a variety of amulets. Worn by children to protect against evil. Worn by women as fertility symbols, to increase fertility and safeguard pregnancy and childbirth. Weight 11 grams. Length 5 cm.
Ref 5 Mols: 'Another shape invested with magical protective powers is an abstracted human figure, the taswira. This amulet is unique to Oman. For children it was believed to ward off evil influences, while in the case of a woman, the taswira supposedly enhanced her fertility.