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ARC.mx 267
ARC.mx 267

Earth from the Ka‘bah (Ghubar-i Sherif)

ARC.mx 267

Turkey

19th century
 

ARC.mx 267
ARC.mx 267, detail

Earth from the Ka‘bah (Ghubar-i Sherif)

ARC.mx 267

Turkey

19th century
 

compacted ‘dust’, wrapped in raffia; silver-mounted glass case with velvet trim
 

4.5cm (height, each); 20 x 20 x 20cm (case)

This relic contains dust swept from the floor of the Ka‘bah and compacted into two pear-shaped elements which are wrapped in coloured raffia. They would have been used as amulets in a religious building or home in the belief that they would convey blessings upon their owner and surroundings.