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Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

A catalogue of seals and talismans housed at the Ashmolean from the 8th to 19th century Islamic world, by Ludvik Kalus (published Oxford, 1986).

Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

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Circular bezel seal with naskhi inscription and plait decoration

  • loan
  • Literature notes

    Light green jade; bezel, bevelled towards the back; circular; front angle very slightly rounded. Two lines of cursive script arranged decoratively.

    (1) Contentment [?] [قنع [؟
    (2) . . . ...

    The inscription is surrounded by a frame consisting of plaits.

    This seal may be compared with another in a private collection in London, on which the same inscription surrounded by some other inscriptions is inscribed. It could perhaps be attributed to the Golden Horde, 8th/15th century - cf. coins of this dynasty, for example in S. A. Janina, 'Novyj Gorod' ( = Jangi-Shahr = Shehr al-Djedid) - monetnyj dvor Zolotoj Ordy i ego mestopolozhenie, in Numizmaticheskij sbornik, v, 1, Moscow, 1977, pp. 205-6.
  • Details

    Associated place
    Near East (probable place of creation)
    Date
    14th - 15th century (1301 - 1500)
    Material and technique
    jade, cut, bevelled, and incised
    Dimensions
    0.35 cm (height)
    1.65 cm (diameter)
    Material index
    Technique index
    cut,
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by Queen's College, University of Oxford.
    Accession no.
    LI902.28
  • Further reading

    Kalus, Ludvik, Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), no. 2.4.1 on p. 41, pl. I.2.4.1

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Light green jade; bezel, bevelled towards the back; circular; front angle very slightly rounded. Two lines of cursive script arranged decoratively.

    (1) Contentment [?] [قنع [؟
    (2) . . . ...

    The inscription is surrounded by a frame consisting of plaits.

    This seal may be compared with another in a private collection in London, on which the same inscription surrounded by some other inscriptions is inscribed. It could perhaps be attributed to the Golden Horde, 8th/15th century - cf. coins of this dynasty, for example in S. A. Janina, 'Novyj Gorod' ( = Jangi-Shahr = Shehr al-Djedid) - monetnyj dvor Zolotoj Ordy i ego mestopolozhenie, in Numizmaticheskij sbornik, v, 1, Moscow, 1977, pp. 205-6.
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