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

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    • currently in research collection

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Brownish-beig jasper, in lightly decorated silver setting (being element of bracelet); bezel; oval. The inscription is found on the central ground (A) within three concentric oval lines, and on the border (B), surrounded on its outer edge by two oval lines. Two lines in cursive script in the central ground (A), in relief on hatched ground; two lines in cursive script in the border (B), engraved.

    A - (1) 'The Thunder proclaims His praise, ويسبح الرعد بحمده
    (2) and the angels, in awe of Him.' (Qur. XIII, 13) والملائكة من خيفته

    B - '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 the 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)
    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
    There are groups of dots all over the script ground.

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