© The David Collection

Name of Object:

Amulet case


Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection


Hegira 4th–5th century / AD 10th–11th century

Type of object:

Amulet case, silver

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 8/1987

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Silver inlaid with niello

Period / Dynasty:



Iran or Afghanistan


The Kufi inscription – the Muslim profession of faith and a blessing on Hasan ibn Ahmad, who must have owned the amulet case – together with the vegetal elements are its only decoration. The square box has three eyes from which to hang it. One short side is loose, so that an invocation or verse from the Koran can be put inside.

Citation of this web page:

 "Amulet case" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;dn;Mus21;15;en&id=amulets_and_talismans

MWNF Working Number: DN 15