Antique Omani silver Rectangular Hirz (Koran box )

Omani silver Koran box
  • Description

Rare very small Omani silver  Ibra Hirz has a central loop to thread it onto a rope.  Very old hirzs with gild. This type of small Hirz was used for a child. Filled with resin. However some damage to the top.  The Koran-boxes are sometimes filled with a Koran text and or a resin to prevent it from denting. Measures 5 by 3,5 cm.  Weight 30 grams.

 

Antique Omani silver koranbox 

Arab Name: Hirz  (meaning amulet box)

Period: 1850-1900

Origin: Oman Sinaw / Ibra

    References:
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 90 - 97 p
  2. A tribute to Oman The Sultanates Yearbook: 1993/1994 "Magical designs" Robert Richmond. Apex Ruwi page 49-58
  3. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 35
  4. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p58
  5. British Museum has similar Hirz reg.  2009,6023.226 Width: 4 centimetres (hirz) Length: 5.2 centimetres (hirz).