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Pendant

Object Number:29-221-174
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Near East
Date Made: 1069 AD
Early Date: 1069
Late Date: 1069
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Gem
Stone
Jadeite
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:1505 - Sommerville Amulet/Talisman Number
174 - Sommerville Number

Description

Stone pendant. red gems on ends surrounded by green gems. empty hole in middle that probably once held a gem (sard). Quotation from Sura XVIII, 37, Mashalla.

Sommerville Cat. 1505: "A composite talisman. Back and frame in jade, ornamented wih six stones of brilliant colors. In the center a pale sard, engraved in very beautiful characters condensed into the small space afforded by the size of the stone, with a quotation from Sura XVIII, 37, Mashallah (literally, "what God wishes"). "There is no strength but in Allah." "If thou lookest at me, I am less than thee in fortune and offspring." On the margin in the entire first Sura, called the "Fatihat," ie, the opening Sura, which is used on all possible occasions and with which every religious ceremony begins. Date, 1069."

Bibliography:

[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. 10, Fig. 1505View 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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