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Oval bezel amulet from a bracelet, inscribed with the Throne verse


    • First floor | Room 33 | Mughal India

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Cornelian; in enamelled jade setting (being a bracelet). Six lines placed inside elongated compartments with single-lobed or trilobed lateral sides. Cursive script; engraved.

    (1) 'God, there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not,
    الله لا اله الا هو الحى القيوم لا تاخذه
    (2) neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth.
    سنة ولا نوم له ما في السموات وما في الارض
    (3) Who is there that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them
    من ذا الذى يشفع عنده الا باذنه يعلم ما بين ايديهم
    (4) and what is after them, and they comprehend not anything of His knowledge save such as He wills.
    وما خلفهم ولا يحيطون بشئ من علمه الا بما شاء
    (5) His Throne comprises the heavens and earth; the preserving of them oppresses Him not;
    وسع كرسيه السموات والارض ولا يؤده
    (6) He is the All-high, the All-glorious.' (Qur. II, 256/255)
    حفظهما وهو العلى العظيم

    There are some decorative motifs spread on the ground: lām-alifs always with another alif on the top in the middle; chevrons representing small leaves; groups of short strokes; groups of dots (four or five); and groups of small crosses arranged in a circle. One line follows the shape of the gem.

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