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The Household

Bait Al Zubair Museum houses various household artefacts including pottery, copper ware, furniture, windows, doors, keys and accessories that date from the 3rd millennium BC to the 20th century. The pottery selection consists of both locally manufactured and imported ware.

Traditional Omani pieces feature terracotta/earthen and stoneware that were primarily used for storage, cooking and as incense burners that emanate from distinct artisanal centres in the Dakhiliyah, Musandam and Dhofar regions. The locally made pottery has distinct regional styles and designs, some of which date back thousands of years. Local clay was used to manufacture storage jars and incense burners, which are still being made today.

The imported ware consists of pieces made for export to the region and other pieces that were traded. The copper ware collection, utilised to produce traditional household equipment, reflects Oman’s ancient heritage as the copper-rich civilisation of Magan in the 3rd millennium BC, and features some rare pieces. A variety of trays, bowls, containers, spoons, cooking vessels and coffee pots were, up until very recently, fashioned in copper and lined with tin, and were commonplace in all Omani households. Coppersmiths still produce various vessels with age-old designs that often feature inscriptions from the Holy Qur’an, Islamic geometric designs, palm motifs and floral designs.

The furniture in the collection includes fine beds, wardrobes, cabinets and chests that represent typical pieces found in Omani homes. There are decorative windows and doors in the collection as well as keys and other authentic household accessories. A selection can be viewed in the Household Gallery in Bait Al Bagh, the main museum building, and Bait Al Oud.