Silver: The Traditional Art of Oman

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Stacey International, 2000 - Art - 100 pages
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A people's craft carries the visual clues to a people's character: and of all its crafts, Oman's silversmithing tells us of the qualities of those people responsible for it - their taste, their artistry, their skills of workmanship, standards of finish, passion for design in all their artefacts.
Silver is the most natural medium for a nation of ocean-going merchants. What Omanis have for centuries fabricated with their silver tells half their social history - of marriage rites, martial styles, cosmetics and titivation, and of course, personal adornment.
It is no wonder that for the collector of artefacts Omani silver is so prized. And no surprise, also, that - in an age of global mass-manufacture - the silversmiths' craft in Oman is so venerated and sustained with such vigour.
Silver: the Traditional Art of Oman is not only invaluable to the collector, but an informing commentary for all those who have learnt to know and delight in Oman.

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About the author (2000)

Ruth Hawley - Author of Silver: The Traditional Art of Oman. For four formative years she lived in Oman. From 1971-75 and became fascinated by the silver work and crafts of the country, culminating in research, lectures, and the first published work on Omani silver in 1978. She has continued to take an interest in the silver craft of the area and beyond. She has four children and one grandchild and now lives with her husband in Wiltshire.

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