Rectangular bezel seal with nasta’liq inscription and floral decoration on both sides


  • Catalogue text

    Red jasper; bezel, unbevelled; rectangular. Inscriptions on the front (R) and on the back (V) faces.

    R - Two lines of cursive script, both underlined by the return of the loop of yā’ at the end of the two lines; with dots. A date on the left side.

    (1) 'I commit my affair to God' (Qur. XL, 47/44) افوض امرى الى الله
    (2) His servant Naqd[?] ‘Alī 1121[?]/1709-10 [عبده نقد [؟] على ١١٢١[؟

    There are spiral stems, ending in points or short strokes, spreading on the ground. One or two rectangular concentric lines follow the shape of the gem.

    V - One ensemble of cursive script (nasta`līq), without dots; a date beneath on the right.

    Object of the favour of God Arwaḥ [or Azwaḥ ?] 1218/1803-4 [مظهر لطف الهى اروح [ازوح؟

    [؟] ١٢١٨

    There are spiral scrolls with schematic flower endings spread on the ground. One line follows the shape of the gem.

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

Further reading

Kalus, Ludvik, Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), no. 2.2.3 on pp. 19-20, pl. I.2.2.3

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