Antique Omani silver Koran box (arabesque design)

silver Koran box
  • Description

Very Rare Omani silver Nizwa Hirz (with driven floral design size rectangular) Extremely difficult to find in this size and quality. The box is sometimes filled with a Koran text or a resin to prevent it from denting. Very fine silver-work. 

Weight 240 grams.  Measures 9 by 7 cm.

 

 

Arab Name: Hirz (meaning amulet box) / Hirtz

Period: 1850-1900

Origin:  Oman Nizwa, Sumail  or Rostaq

The spiral of leaves (arabesque) design probably indicates the Koran box was made in Nizwa.

Antique Omani silver koran box

Antique Omani silver amulet

    References
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 90 - 97
  2. J.L. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 26
  3. A tribute to Oman The Sultanates Yearbook: 1993/1994 "Magical designs" Robert Richmond. Apex Ruwi page 49-58
  4. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 10, 21
  5. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 50