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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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Oval bezel amulet from a bracelet, inscribed with the Throne verse

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  • Literature notes

    Yellow brownish jasper, in lightly decorated silver setting (being element of bracelet); bezel; oval. The inscription is found on the central ground (A), within three concentric oval lines, and on the border (B), surrounded on its outer edge by two oval lines. Two lines separated by a straight line formed by elongation of a ligature in the central ground (A), in cursive script, in relief on hatched ground; one line in the border (B), cursive script, engraved.

    A - (1) In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (2) 'Help from God and a nigh victory' (Qur. LXI, 13) نصر من الله وفتح قريب

    B - In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. 'God, there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not, neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. Who is there that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them and what is after them, and they comprehend not anything of His knowledge save such as He wills. His Throne comprises the heavens and earth; the preserving of them oppresses Him not; He is the All-high, the All-glorious.' (Qur. II, 256/255)
    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الله لا اله الا هو الحى القيوم لا تاخذه سنة ولا نوم له ما في
    السموات وما في الارض من ذا الذى يشفع عنده الا باذنه يعلم ما بين ايديهم وما خلفهم
    ولا يحيطون بشئ من علمه الا بما شاء وسع كرسيه السموات والارض ولا يؤده حفظهما
    وهو العلى العظيم
    There are groups of dots spread over the ground of the border.
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia India (possible place of creation)
    Asia Iran (possible place of creation)
    Asia India (possible place of purchase)
    Date
    probably 18th - 19th century (1701 - 1900)
    Material and technique
    jasper, incised; silver setting, with incised decoration
    Dimensions
    with setting 3.4 x 5.7 x 1 cm (height x width x depth)
    jasper 2.9 x 4.7 cm (height x width)
    0.03 kg (weight)
    Material index
    inorganicmineralsilicaquartz jasper,
    inorganicstonesilicaquartz jasper,
    Technique index
    formed cast
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
    Accession no.
    LI1008.16
  • Further reading

    Kalus, Ludvik, Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), no. 1.44 on pp. 71-72, pl. II.1.44

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Yellow brownish jasper, in lightly decorated silver setting (being element of bracelet); bezel; oval. The inscription is found on the central ground (A), within three concentric oval lines, and on the border (B), surrounded on its outer edge by two oval lines. Two lines separated by a straight line formed by elongation of a ligature in the central ground (A), in cursive script, in relief on hatched ground; one line in the border (B), cursive script, engraved.

    A - (1) In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (2) 'Help from God and a nigh victory' (Qur. LXI, 13) نصر من الله وفتح قريب

    B - In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. 'God, there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not, neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. Who is there that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them and what is after them, and they comprehend not anything of His knowledge save such as He wills. His Throne comprises the heavens and earth; the preserving of them oppresses Him not; He is the All-high, the All-glorious.' (Qur. II, 256/255)
    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الله لا اله الا هو الحى القيوم لا تاخذه سنة ولا نوم له ما في
    السموات وما في الارض من ذا الذى يشفع عنده الا باذنه يعلم ما بين ايديهم وما خلفهم
    ولا يحيطون بشئ من علمه الا بما شاء وسع كرسيه السموات والارض ولا يؤده حفظهما
    وهو العلى العظيم
    There are groups of dots spread over the ground of the border.
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