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Jewellery

This is one of the most popular and largest collections housed at Bait Al Zubair Museum, and consists of pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Traditional Omani jewellery, predominantly fashioned in silver in the past, is well known within the region for its exceptional quality. Silver, gold, crystal, carnelian and coins have all been used over time to produce a diverse range of traditional rings, bracelets, necklaces, anklets and headdresses.

Traditional gold and silversmiths still employ ancient techniques such as chasing, embossing, engraving, piercing, filigree and granulation. Design motifs and techniques display influences from other countries including India, China, Persia, Yemen and the ancient Roman, Greek and Sabaean Empires, reflecting Omans long history as maritime traders.

Omani jewellery, always considered an essential part of female dress, combines spiritual protection with adornment. Designs feature floral, geometric and calligraphic art with inscriptions from the Holy Qur’an. A selection from this collection can be viewed in the Jewellery and Female Attire Gallery in Bait Al Bagh, the main museum building.