Oval bezel seal with kufic inscription and plait decoration

Details

  • Title

    Oval bezel seal with kufic inscription and plait decoration

  • Associated place

    Egypt (find spot)
    Near East (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    10th - 13th century (AD 901 - 1300)
  • Material and technique

    haematite, bevelled and incised

  • Material index

  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    1.4 x 1.6 x 0.25 cm (height x width x depth)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by the Reverend Greville J. Chester, 1872.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EAX.3310

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  • Catalogue text

    Haematite; bezel, bevelled towards the back; oval; front angle is very slightly rounded; the back side is a little damaged. Two lines of kufic script, in tête-bêche; without dots; separated by an ornamental motif.

    (1) The tranquility of man راحة الانسان
    (2) (lies in) the guarding of the tongue حفظ اللسان

    The ornamental motif separating the two lines of the inscription is made up of two lines plaited together, bound by a series of simple loops; the ends of the lines separate outwards. The ensemble is close to the motif known as beads and reel.

    This sentence is known to M. Reinaud, Monumens arabes, persans et turcs du cabinet de M. Le Duc de Blacas et d'autres cabinets, t. II, Paris, 1828, p. 261, n. 1.

    In: Kalus, Ludvik, Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986)

Glossary of terms

kufic

Further reading

Kalus, Ludvik, Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), no. 1.1.5 on p. 5, pl. I.1.1.5

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