Antique Omani silver Bracelets (with gold wash)

Antique Omani silver Bracelets
  • Description

Common Menagir and Hagula bracelets (plain silver and with gold). With gold wash and silver items soldered on. Also notice the design on the back of the bracelet, shown in the slide-show. According to Miranda Morris, 'When gold became more readily available in Oman, and as and when she or her husband could afford it, a bedouin woman took other pieces to have gold-leaf added to them, or for them to be gold-washed...If a piece were to be gilded, it was generally considered better to have it done in Adam, where the silversmiths had a lot of experience in gilding silver, rather than to send it south to Salalah, where gilding was little practised.' See Miranda Morris and Pauline Shelton, 'Oman Adorned: A Portrait in Silver' (Muscat, 1997) p.221. Diameter 8 cm Height front 4,3 cm.

Antique Omani silver bracelet

 

Antique Omani silver braceletAntique Omani silver bracelet

 

Arab names: Menagir / Hagula / Hajulah

Period: 1900-1950

Condition:Central Oman (Bedouin) Ibri?

References:
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond Miranda Morris / Apex London 1997 p 184, 221 
  2. Richardson & Dorr The craft and Heritage of Oman vol 2 page 444 item 054 
  3. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 76 fig 72
  4. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 89-90
  5. Ethnic Jewellery from Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands 2002 Amsterdam Pepin Press p 61
  6. British Museum has a similar set of bracelets reg. 2009,6023.81-82 Diameter: 7 cm (average oval) Height: 4.2 cm (average front) Weight: 62 gram and 65 gram(2009,6023.82) Pair of silver bracelets (hajula or hagula manfukha, literally 'inflated bracelet') made from a hollow tube of silver on the back and a broad curved rectangular panel on the front. The bracelet is densely decorated with chased designs on the exterior featuring geometric patterns and circles. Aspects of the design are picked out with gold-wash. Particularly associated with the Bedouin of Central Oman