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Amulets with silver mounted wild animal teeth, coral, bottle stoppers etc.

Silver mounted amulets

Common Omani  amulets. The teeth of certain amulets were often used as amulets. A tooth talisman was in particular given to children. Note the child on the previous photo from around 1890 discussing the silver centrepiece. The girl is wearing bottle stoppers and animal teeth as amulets.



Antique Omani silver amulets


 a) Particularly valuable in Dhofar were the teeth of the Leopard. By wearing an animals tooth something of the ferocity and power of the animal was transferred to the child.

b) Hyena┬┤s teeth were also valued for sorcerers were believed to ride on the back the male hyena. 

c)  Foxes teeth were not valued by the mountain people however the Bedouin did sometimes use them.

The silver mount of the glass stopper has a Rostaq rose engraved on it.

Omanu silver amulet

                                                      Photo of Omani amulets in  "PDO News"


Arab Name: Mounted amulets

Period: 1850-1960

Origin: Oman incl. Dhofar

  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / Apex London 1997 pages  295-296 (on teeth amulets)
  2. PDO news no 4 1992 Oman silver Jewelry by Rebecca Brickson p 25 contains a photo with a large number of different Omani amulets (see the photo slide-show)
  3. Disappearing treasures of Oman 1998 by Avelyn Foster 48 fig 34
  4. Silver jewellery of Oman by Jehan S Rajab 1997 page 36
  5. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz page 68
  6. Oman Faces and places, articles from PDO News magazine 2009 p 134