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Antique Omani silver Dhofari headscarf weight

Dhofari Sils scarf weight

Scarce sils with piece of Sanqad chain. The sils is the most widely worn headpiece in Dhofar. Heavy silver head-dress ornament in the shape of a triangle (sils) to the apex of which is soldered a silver ring, and to the broad base of which is attached a double-fringe of chains and small round danglers. The triangular section is densely ornamented with stamped rosettes, plain silver discs, silver balls and pierce-work. It is topped with two layers of silver balls.

The sils is the most widely-worn headdress ornament of married women in Dhofar, southern Oman. It is knotted to one corner of a woman's rectangular headscarf and swung over the shoulder to act as a weight to anchor the headscarf in place.  Size: 18,5 cm;


Antique Omani headscarf weight


Arab names: Sils (headscarf weight)  Silsalah (Carter) The chain part is named Sanqad or Dera 

Period: 1900-1960

Origin: Oman: Dhofar region

  1. Oman Adorned Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 231-233
  2. Craft heritage of Oman Neil Richardson & Maria Dorr Volume 2  p 437 fig 16
  3. J.L. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 110
  4. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p32
  5. Islamic art in Oman page 342
  6. Oman and its Renaissance  by Sir Donald Hawley Stacey International London 1987 page 138 photo with similar item
  7. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman by Jean Greffioz 2009 (privately published) page 32 fig 2.22 has photo with a similar item.