Antique Omani silver ring (Khatim bu fas) set with red glass and worn by man and women

Khatim bu fas Antique Omani silver ring warn by men and women


Common rings. The silver Khatim ring is set with red glass and some with amuletic inscriptions or the crescent moon. Rings with coloured stones were occasionally worn by women but more often by men. The colour turquoise was especially favoured. The slide-show contains two examples of this type of ring.



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Omani Rings

Arab names: Khatim bu Fas ring  / Bu Fus

Period: 1900-1970

Origin: Worn by man and women in central and Northern Oman.  Influence on design silver-work  from Gujarat?

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