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Oval bezel seal 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

    Cornelian; bezel, bevelled towards the front; oval; back angle slightly cut. Four lines of kufic script, without dots.

    (1) 'In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (2) Say: "He is God, One, God, the Everlasting Refuge, قل هو الله احد الله الصمد
    (3) who has not begotten, and has not been begotten, and لم يلد ولم يولد ولم
    (4) equal to Him is not any one." (Qur. CXII) يكن له كفوا احد

    Could be a later imitation of kufic script.

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