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Name of Object:

Oval amulet with Sura


Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum


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

Type of object:


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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Orange-red carnelian

Period / Dynasty:



Near East


An oval amulet made of white and red garnet, with an inscribed invocation in the center, framed by two lines. This is surrounded by naskhi epigraphy of Surat Al-Fatiha (The Opening) reading: "In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists). The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Resurrection. You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). Guide us to the Straight Way. The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray."

This Sura is framed by four lines, then the outer most field is inscribed with qur’anic epigraphy of Surat Al-Kafirun reading: "In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Say (O Muhammad) to (O Al – Kafirun) disbelievers in Allah: "I worship not that which you worship, Nor will you worship that which I worship, and I shall not worship that which you are worshipping, Nor will you worship that which I worship, To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islamic Monotheism)."

The background of all the inscriptions is decorated with three and five-fold dots, while the external frame is formed of two lines.

Citation of this web page:

Mohamed Abbas "Oval amulet with Sura" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus22;52;en&id=amulets_and_talismans

Prepared by: Mohamed Abbas

MWNF Working Number: AT2 52

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