Antique silver Omani necklace (3 strings!) Very old piece of Omani silver jewelry.

Silver Manthura Necklace Oman
  • Description

Very Rare complete antique Omani Manthura necklace with three central strings. A favourite and costly piece of Bedouin women in central Oman, however very few Bedouin ladies did actually own one. The necklace is is constructed from spheres, circles, cones, pyramids and cylinder shapes.  Very rare to find even over 30 years ago and often pieces would be missing. In recent years modern copies are sold in the Muttrah souq.....  Weight 1200 grams! 

Omani silver necklace

Arab names: Manthura  / Manthurah

Period: around 1900

Origin: Oman Rustaq  (worn by women in Northern Oman and the Bedouin women of the Wahiba)

 References:
  1. Oman Adorned Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 86 Bottom p 87 p 173
  2. Avelyn Forster Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 p 43 figure 25
  3. Richardson & Dorr The craft heritage of Oman p 44 and 441 item 039
  4. Catalog of the Oman exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam 2009 page 143
  5. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 43
  6. Silver jewellery of Oman by Jehan S Rajab 1997 p 8
  7. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p77
  8. Ethnic Jewellery from Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands 2002 Amsterdam Pepin Press p 59
  9. Wereld Museum Rotterdam has a similar necklace in their collection: h 47 x br 40 x d 4,5 cm gewicht: 1253 gr. Ex collection Smith/Hutschenruyter. Inventory number 77024