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Oval bezel amulet with thuluth inscription and floral decoration


    • currently in research collection

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Brownish-red chalcedong; bezel, unbevelled; oval. The surface is dominated by a great decorative inscription in relief (A). On the surface of the letters of this inscription, there are other inscriptions, engraved (yā’ = B1, ḥā = B2, fiẓ = B3). Cursive script.

    A - Oh Guardian! يا حافظ

    B - (1) In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (2) 'Help from God and a nigh victory. Give thou good tidings to the believers!' (Qur. LXI, 13) ' "Why, God is the best guardian [...]" (Qur. XII, 64)
    الله خير [sic] نصر من الله وفتح قريب وبشر المؤمنين فا
    (3) Oh God the Praised in all His actions! Oh The Most High! Oh The Ever Forgiving One! [...], and He is the most merciful of the merciful.' (Qur. XII, 64)
    يا الله المحمود في كل فعاله يا على يا غفار حافظا وهو ارحم الراحمين

    There are some small flower heads spread over the ground between the inscriptions. The script ground is covered by groups of dots. Two lines follow the shape of the gem.

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