A Sultanate talismanic jama India, late 15th or early 16th Century
Lot 195
A Sultanate talismanic youth's Jama India, late 15th or early 16th Century
£20,000 - 25,000
US$ 33,000 - 42,000
Auction Details
A Sultanate talismanic jama India, late 15th or early 16th Century
Lot Details
A Sultanate talismanic youth's Jama
India, late 15th or early 16th Century
the cotton shirt densely covered with the entire text of the Qur'an written in black ghubari script within a lattice of rectangles linked with red, blue and gold roundels containing small flowerheads, each shoulder with a cluster of similar roundels with the words ya Allah, ya Hafiz and ya Fatih in gold, each rectangle with a single verse roundel in gold and polychrome at its centre, sura headings in blue on gold panels, the lattice on either side interrupted by two large roundels containing the shahada in elongated gold bihari script on a red and blue ground, each section of the lattice bordered with a wide band with the 99 names of God written in similar gold bihari script in clouds reserved against a band of pink, red and blue dots on hatched ground
length 53 cm., width 84 cm.

Footnotes

  • Such jama served a talismanic function for the warrior who wore it under his armour protecting him in battle. Such shirts are known in versions from Persia, Turkey, and India. A similar example, though made for an adult, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1998.199). A number of these jama have sold at auction, the most recent at Sotheby's, Arts of the Islamic World, 5 October 2011, lot 82.
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