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Name of Object:

Heart-shaped amulet with Sura


Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum


Hegira 11th–12th century / AD 17th–18th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Light yellow carnelian

Period / Dynasty:



Near East


An amulet made of white and red carnelian in the shape of a heart. In the centre there is an inscription in naskhi epigraphy reading: "Thunder (Ar-Ra'ad) glorifies and praises Him, and so do the angels because of His Awe", and is surrounded with Ayat-al-Kursi (The Chair) in naskhi, reading: "Allah! none has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that intercedes with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of his Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi (Chair) extends over the heavens and earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the most High, the most Great."

The amulet is framed with two lines.

Citation of this web page:

Mohamed Abbas "Heart-shaped amulet with Sura" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus22;50;en&id=amulets_and_talismans

Prepared by: Mohamed Abbas

MWNF Working Number: AT2 50

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