A pair of Omani silver Ghalamiyat earrings with matching chains and rectangular finials covered in gold leaf.

Ghalamiyat earrings
  • Description

 

Two scarce antique Omani silver Ghalamiyat earrings with matching chains (head-bands) and rectangular finials covered in gold leaf. Total Weight 500 grams and 48 cm long.  Individual Earring 12 cm long and weight  90 grams.

  

 

 

Antique Omani silver earrings

   Antique Omani silver earrings

Antique Omani silver earring

 

Arab names: Ghalamiyat / Galamiyat

Period: 1930-1960

Origin: Oman Dhahirah

 References:
  1. Oman Adorned by  Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 165
  2. Omani Silver Ruth Hawley 1978 section earrings (no pagination)
  3. Craft heritage of Oman Neil Richardson & Maria Dorr Part two p 438 fig 17 p 439 fig 23
  4. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 58 fig 49
  5. Silver jewellery of Oman by Jehan S Rajab 1997 p 7
  6. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 36
  7. British Museum on-line collection number 2009,6023.176-177 Weight individual earrings 70 and 72 grams length 11,5 cm Pair of silver earrings (ghalamiyat) consisting of a large ovoid bead with a raised central band decorated with small silver spikes. The ovoid bead is made from several lengths of twisted silver wire, creating a hollow bird-cage effect. A pyramid of silver balls ending with a bead of mulberry granulation hangs from the bottom tip of the ovoid bead. Soldered to the top is a plain round silver hook. These earrings are too heavy to be hung from pierced earlobes. Rather, for everyday wear they are hung from a loop of leather (shinag) which hangs around the ear. For special occasions, the earrings are hooked from the loops of a silver head-strap (mishill, see for example 2009,6023.186-187). Worn by the Bedouin women of Central Oman
  8. Oman Faces and Places page 14 Similar archaeological example!
  9. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman by Jean Greffioz 2009 (privately published) page 36 fig 3.4 has photo with a similar item.