A carnelian seal Persia, 16th Century
Lot 96
Two inscribed talismanic Pendants Persia, 17th and 19th Century(2)
£3,000 - 4,000
US$ 4,700 - 6,300

Lot Details
Two inscribed talismanic Pendants Persia, 17th and 19th Century(2)
Two inscribed talismanic Pendants
Persia, 17th and 19th Century
the first agate and of oval form, engraved in naskhi script, the inscription contained within a lobed medallion to centre, and two surrounding bands, natural flaw to agate running across lower section
agate 5.5 x 4.5 cm.; carnelian 5.5 x 4.2 cm.(2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Formerly in the collection of Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (1857–1934), Keeper of the Egyptian and Antiquities Department in the British Museum, London. Budge's book Amulets and Talismans, New York 1961, contains illustrations of several agate seals very much like the agate example.

    The inscriptions consist of:

    1) Agate:

    In the border: Qur'an, sura CXII, al-Ikhlas.

    In the middle band: Qur'an, sura II, al-Baqarah, verse 255, ending with allahu shafi, 'God is the Healer'.

    In the centre:

    allahu shafi

    'God is the Healer'

    2) Carnelian

    Starting from outer border: Qur'an, sura II, al-Baqarah, verses 255 and 256, followed by the nada 'ali quatrain.

    In the central panel: Invocations to God through His attributes and some of the Prophet's attributes.
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