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TLS 51
TLS 51

Double-sided Polygonal Talisman

TLS 51

India, probably the Deccan

16th century 

TLS 51

Double-sided Polygonal Talisman

TLS 51

India, probably the Deccan

16th century 

nephrite jade, finely wheel and point cut; set with a small turquoise

inscribed in thulth script

4.7 x 4.8cm

The prayer (hirz) for the protection of children inscribed on one side of the talisman was reportedly given to Amanah when the Prophet Muhammad was born. It is followed by two lines of magic letters and numbers. In the centre of the other side is part of verse 13 of the surah al-Ra‘d (XIII) and in the borders is the Ayat al-Kursi (surah al-Baqarah, II, verse 255).