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Hirz Necklace
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Maria Theresa Thaler, named after the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, and first minted in 1751, was the chief source of silver for jewellery-making in the Middle East. Not only was it melted down to provide silversmiths with the silver to work with, but it was also often incorporated as part of a necklace. Necklaces included amulet parts worn for protective powers. In this piece, the highly decorated cylindrical silver amulet box contained Koranic verses. Expensive necklaces such as this one were worn at special festive occasions.

History of the Object
Oman was always famed as the centre of the silversmith's craft. Silver was always worked from imported supplies or sometimes old silver was melted to make new ones. Gold was rarely used, mostly served to decorate silver jewellery.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Silver, Gold, Maria Theresa coins 
Measurements
Necklace Length: 100 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Nizwa, Oman 
Geography
Oman 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; Late 19th Century 
Function
Ceremonial Jewellery 
Acquisition
Purchased in the Netherlands 
Copyright
World Jewellery Museum 
Acknowledgements
Jehan Rajab. Silver Jewellery of Oman. Tareq Rajab Museum. . Unigraphics, 1998 
Owner
World Jewellery Museum 
Museum
World Jewellery Museum 
Credit line
World Jewellery Museum 

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