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Oval signet 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

    Pale-blue onyx, set into a brass signet; frontal face plain; oval; broken but struck together again. Three lines of kufic script, without dots.

    (1) Muḥammad, `Alī, al-Ḥasan, al-Ḥusayn محمد على الحسن الحسين
    (2) ‘Alī, Muḥammad, Ja`far, Mūsā, ‘Alī على محمد جعفر موسى على
    (3) Muḥammad, ‘Alī, al-Ḥasan, al-Khalīf [sic] محمد على الحسن الخليف

    ( = Muḥammad)

    Could perhaps belong to the end of the classical period (I.1)

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