A hardstone set chain link necklace
Composed of eleven oval, round, rectangular and square assorted hardstone panels, each engraved with Eastern calligraphy, the panels collet set, between later circular split ring links, the panels reading clockwise as follows:
1) Amulet, in positive, names of God and 'The Fourteen Innocents'
2) Amulet, in mirrored writing: tawakkali 'ala khaliqi 'I put my trust in God' 17th-18th century
3) Not Islamic
4) Amulet, Qur'an, chapter CVII (al-Ikhlas), 18th century (?)
5) Seal of Shaykh Hasan 'Ali, 15th century
6) Amulet with magic inscriptions on both sides
7) Seal of Darvish Quli with a Persian couplet in the borders, 16th century
8) Amulet with the names of Muhammad and the 12 Imams, in Kufic 10th-11th century.
9) Seal with a saying in Arabic, 15th-16th century
10) Identical to no. 1.
11) Amulet with magic inscriptions,
accompanied by a typed letter dated 14 March 1950 from the India Office Library, Commonwealth Relations Office, addressed to Sir Gilbert Laithwaite,
necklace length 44cm.