Antique Omani silver Bracelets

Antique Omani silver bracelets named Menagir or Hagula
  • Description

Common Menagir and Hagula bracelets (plain silver and with gold)Silver bracelet (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 and stamped designs on the exterior featuring geometric patterns, wavy lines and circles. Worn in pairs and associated with Bedouin women in central and eastern Oman. Height front 4,3 cm Diameter 8 cm.

 

 Antique Omani silver bracelet

Arab names: Menagir / Hagula / Hajulah / Manfukha

Period: 1900-1950

Condition: Central Oman (Bedouin) Ibri?

References:
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / 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 71 ; Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 89
  4. Ethnic Jewellery from Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands 2002 Amsterdam Pepin Press p 61
  5. British Museum has similar (but very worn) item in on-line collection number 2012, 6010.14 purchased in Oman Diameter: 7.5 centimetres Height: 3.6 centimetres Weight: 107 grammes British Museum has another set in their on-line collection number 2009,6023.75-76 weight 125 grams and 131 grams. Another set number 2009,6023.77-78 with weight   150 and 151 grams  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
  6. Islamic Art in Oman page 353
  7. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman by Jean Greffioz 2009 (privately published) page 89 has photos with a similar item.