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Talisman


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Description Amulets are often worn on the body or hung in architectural spaces. Their purpose is to protect against ailments and other types of danger and to encourage success and fortitude. This 18th-century Iranian example is covered with micrographic writing, including verses from the Qur'an and the 99 Beautiful Names (al-asma al-husna) of God, which describe his divine attributes. Qur'anic verses are considered by some believers to have protective powers. The most legible inscription, beginning at the top and continuing in the center panel, invokes God’s majesty: “Oh God, truly God is all-powerful in all things.”
Exhibitions
  • Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Joseph Brummer, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Date] A.H. Rajab 1161; [Translation] ...Oh God, truly God is all- powerful in all things...
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942

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Period
1748 (Early Modern)
Medium
carnelian
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.1205
Measurements
H: 1 7/16 x W: 2 x D: 1/8 in. (3.6 x 5 x 0.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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