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Rectangular bezel amulet with kufic inscription

  • loan



  • kufic

    A term denoting various styles of angular Arabic script. Emerged in the early centuries of Islam, kufic soon became the preferred hand to copy holy texts.


    • currently in research collection

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Lapis-lazuli; bezel, unbevelled; rectangular. Two lines of kufic script with a straight continuous base line; without dots.

    (1) By the greatness [?] [بعلاء [؟
    (2) of God الله

    In comparision with the other talismans in the collection, this talisman has an unusual inscription and its kufic script is also an exception. It seems to be relatively old, perhaps dating from before the 7th/13th century.

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