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Object Number:29-221-172
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Near East
Section:Near Eastern
Jade (uncertain)
Inscription Language:Arabic Language
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:172 - Sommerville Number
1501 - Sommerville Amulet/Talisman Number


Flat, green. writing on both sides, arabic on front, arabic and proto-arabic on back. Talismanic square on front, Koran on reverse.

Sommerville Cat. 1501: "Jade. Very elaborate Persian talisman with a square of mystic numbers, which rendered in our numerals read thus:

1279 1283 1280 1272

1285 1273 1278 1284

1274 1288 1281 1277

1282 1286 1270 1287

Surrounded on three sides of this square are talismanic inscriptions. They are religious. Reverse, a beautiful inscription of a long verse from the Koran."


[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Manual Descriptive of a Collection of Talismans Engraved on Stones and Metals of Various Countries and Epochs, Illustrative of What Man has Worn for his Protection from Accident and Disease; Also, Ancient Gems, Babylonian Cylinders, Persian Seals, etc.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania, Department of Archaeology and Paleontology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 9, Fig. 1501View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Engraved Gems: Their History and an Elaborate View of Their Place In Art.. Maxwell Sommerville. View Objects related to this

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