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Rectangular bezel seal with kufic inscription and a star

  • 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; plain-convex bezel (but the back face has triangular facets); rectangular, but now broken on one side; frontal angle slightly cut. Three lines of kufic script; the two superior lines are larger than the inferior one; without dots.

    (1) al-Ṣā. . . xxxx الصا
    (2) . . . xxلك لله
    (3) al-Ḥasan b. . . . [؟]xx الحسن بن

    Above the ṣād (?) in the first line, there is one star consisting of three short crossed strokes.

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