Single Omani antique silver elbow-ring (with evil eye design)

Omani antique silver Bracelet

Common Omani  silver Bracelet. Designed against the evil eye. Contains little stones to make sound while dancing. Elbow rings were worn just above the elbow under the clothes and have little silver balls or stones in them that rankle when moving the arm. Elbow rings are very varied in patterns.  This elbow-ring was clearly worn for amuletic purposes and were worn for protection against the "evil eye" The upper arm was a place where amulets were sometimes tied. It was also said that the rattle of the elbow-rings had a practical side: the men of the family could hear where the woman was and a stranger would be warned of her approach. Diameter outside 11 cm.

Antique Omani silver bracelet

Arab names: Adud / Shilal / Kharkash / Kitah / Zand (meaning upper arm)

Period: 1850-1950Origin: Oman: Batinah region and or Sharqiyah. Carter ref 3 page 113 says they are specifically from Rustaq in Oman However similar bracelets are still made in Iran and the design extends to Baghdad as well.

  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997  p 109-110,112
  2. Richardson & Dorr The craft and Heritage of Oman vol 2 page 446 item 065
  3.  J.L. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 27 
  4. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 81
  5. Silver jewellery of Oman  by Jehan S Rajab  1997 p 17
  6. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 93
  7. Arab & Islamic Silver by Saad Al-Jadir 1981   Stacey International  p 120 bottom
  8. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman by Jean Greffioz 2009 (privately published) page 93 fig 5.15 has photo with a similar item.