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Large hollow, hinged anklet, referred to as natal or ental. Often described as Omani, typical of Nizwa and Rostaq. While Indian influence is obvious, some go further to designate this type of anklet as a product of the Indian State of Gujarat, imported into Oman and Hadramaut (south Yemen) by Arab visitors to India and/or to accommodate the large number of Indian wives resident in the area.

Similar pieces of Indian origin often have representational designs on the sides. Such pieces, worn in pairs at weddings are often decorated with gold plate of various size and design applied to the large front panel. Similar pieces, a bit smaller with more rectangular front panels are found in the Sur area of Oman.

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