Omani Hair Ornament, Silver with Gold Leaf Pendant


This pretty ornament, called Halka or Halaqa, used to decorate plaits on young women. It is made of high grade silver with applied gold sheeting for decoration. There are also hand incised geometric decoration. The ornament ends with 7 double chained and stylized hand of Fatima dangles. This type of ornament was worn by Omani girls especially in the Interior,on their braids at the back. The dangles make a noise to let passersby know of her presence. The clip at the back has been replaced at some point by two silver hoops.

Diameter is 6.5 cm (2 1/2"). Weight is 60 g.

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