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

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Bracelet composed of three elements: central (I), on the left side (II) and on the right side (III).

    I - Red jasper (?) in undecorated silver setting; bezel; oval. The inscription is found on the central ground (A), within two concentric lines, and on the border (B), surrounded on its outer edge by two concentric oval lines. In the central ground (A): five lines separated by straight lines formed by elongation of the return of the final loop; in the border (B): One line. Cursive script; engraved.

    A - (1) Oh my God! Bless the Chosen Muḥammad, the Approved `Alī,
    اللهم صل على المصطفي محمد والمرتضي على
    (2) The Virgin Fāṭima, the two Gentle Ones al-Ḥasan and al-Ḥusayn. And bless the Ornament of the servants of God `Alī;
    والبتول فاطمه والسبطين الحسن والحسين وصل على زين العباد على
    (3) The Great Muḥammad, the Just Ja`far, The Silent Mūsā, The Pleasing `Alī,
    والباقر محمد والصادق جعفر والكاظم موسى والرضا على
    (4) The Pious Muḥammad, the Pure `Alī, and the Virtuous, the Soldier al-Ḥasan. And bless the i-
    والتقي محمد والنقي على والزكى العسكرى الحسن وصل على الا
    (5) mām the Hero Muḥammad al-Mahdī - peace upon him and upon them.
    مام الهمام محمد المهدى عليه وعليهم السلام

    B - In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. 'God, there is no god but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not, neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and earth. Who is there that shall interced with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them and what is after them, and they comprehend not anything of His knowledge save such as He wills. His Throne comprises the heavens and earth, the preserving of them oppresses Him not; He is the All-High, the All-glorious.' (Qur. II, 256/255)
    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الله لا اله الا هو الحى القيوم لا تاخذه سنة ولا نوم له ما في
    السموات وما في الارض من ذا الذى يشفع عنده الا باذنه يعلم ما بين ايديهم وما خلفهم
    ولا يحيطون بشئ من علمه الا بما شاء وسع كرسيه السموات والارض ولا يؤده حفظهما
    وهو العلى العظيم
    There are some dots, isolated or in groups, spread over the ground.

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