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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 inscribed with the Throne verse

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  • Literature notes

    Brown jasper; bezel, bevelled towards the front; oval. Four lines separated by straight lines formed by elongation of a ligature or return of a final loop. Cursive script; engraved.

    (1) 'God, there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not; neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in
    الله لا اله الا هو الحى القيوم لا تاخذه سنة ولا نوم له ما في
    (2) the heavens and the earth. Who is there that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows
    السموات وما في الارض من ذا الذى يشفع عنده الا باذنه يعلم
    (3) what lies before them and what is after them, and they comprehend not anything of His knowledge save such as He wills. The All-high [sic].
    [sic] ما بين ايديهم وما خلفهم ولا يحيطون بشئ من علمه الا بما شاء العلى
    (4) 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)
    وسع كرسيه السموات والارض ولا يؤده حفظهما وهو [العلى] العظيم

    There are some groups of dots serving as decoration spread over the ground. Two lines follow the shape of the gem.
  • 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, bevelled and incised
    Dimensions
    2.6 x 3.3 x 0.3 cm (height x width x depth)
    Material index
    inorganicstonegemstonequartz jasper,
    inorganicmineralsilicaquartz jasper,
    inorganicstonesilicaquartz jasper,
    Technique index
    cut,
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
    Accession no.
    LI1008.39
  • Further reading

    Kalus, Ludvik, Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), no. 1.37 on pp. 66-67, pl. II.1.37

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Brown jasper; bezel, bevelled towards the front; oval. Four lines separated by straight lines formed by elongation of a ligature or return of a final loop. Cursive script; engraved.

    (1) 'God, there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not; neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in
    الله لا اله الا هو الحى القيوم لا تاخذه سنة ولا نوم له ما في
    (2) the heavens and the earth. Who is there that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows
    السموات وما في الارض من ذا الذى يشفع عنده الا باذنه يعلم
    (3) what lies before them and what is after them, and they comprehend not anything of His knowledge save such as He wills. The All-high [sic].
    [sic] ما بين ايديهم وما خلفهم ولا يحيطون بشئ من علمه الا بما شاء العلى
    (4) 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)
    وسع كرسيه السموات والارض ولا يؤده حفظهما وهو [العلى] العظيم

    There are some groups of dots serving as decoration spread over the ground. Two lines follow the shape of the gem.
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