Oval cabochon seal with kufic inscription


  • Catalogue text

    White opaque chalcedony; cabochon, plain-convex; oval; angle cut. One word in a rectangular frame (A) surrounded on every side by one line of inscription (B 1-4: 1 - above, 2 - on the left, 3 - beneath, 4 - on the right) and its outline doubled by the base line of each of these inscriptions. Kufic script, without dots.

    A - Muḥammad محمد
    B - (1) ‘Alī, al-Ḥasan, al-Ḥusayn, ‘Alī على الحسن الحسين على
    (2) Muḥammad, Ja‘far محمد جعفر
    (3) Mūsā, ‘Alī, Muḥammad موسى على محمد
    (4) ‘Alī, al-Ḥasan, al-Ḥujja ( = Muḥammad) على الحسن الحجة

    Could perhaps be classified at the end of the classical period (I.1)

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

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Further reading

Kalus, Ludvik, Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), no. 2.1.12 on p. 17, pl. I.2.1.12

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