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A pair of antique Omani silver Nizwa-anklets with arabesque design on the back (very old Omani jewelry)

Two antique Omani antal anklets form Nizwa

Very rare antique pair of very old "Nizwa anklets"  with also arabesque designs on the back of the anklet (this is only the case on very old anklets) Extremely rare find with the arabesque design on the back with the "ever turning flowers" You find this design also on early silver decorated swords, khanjars and guns from the 19th century.  

The inside is rounded and the outside has a rounded decorated "panel" This flattish side was worn on the inside towards the other leg. The anklet is opened half way the panel and fastened with a large silver pin. Measure inside 7 cm outside 12 cm. Weight 700 grams.

Antique Omani silver anklet

Arab name: Natal / Mutal  / Antal (Carter) /Hijil / Menagiri

Period: 1850-1890

Origin: Nizwa area

  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 p 116-120
  2. Stuhlmann handwerk und industrie in Ostafrika Friederichsen & Co Hamburg 1910 page 130 abbildung 73 antal anklet
  3. A tribute to Oman National day Volume X "Muscat and its custom houses" Robert Richmond. Apex page 80
  4. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster p 73 fig 64
  5. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 100 (but without the design on the back)
  6. Islamic Art in Oman page 354 (poor examples)
  7. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Ethnologisches Museum Ident.Nr. III E 4686 a,b Similar item from the collection of Karl Reinhardt Height 7 by diameter 14 cm "Ein Paar Knöchelringe, versilbert "utalli" Suaheli (comment HvW they are not silver plated but completely made of silver.)