Talisman

lapis lazuli, wheel cut; in gold mount

inscribed in an undotted Kufic script

4.6 x 4.6cm

The octagonal plaque bears the whole of the surah al-Ikhlas (CXII), which was held to afford the bearer protection against a wide range of evils and dangers.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.72, p.82.