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A Talismanic scroll, Khurasan, Persia, 11th/12th century AD
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
38
A Talismanic scroll, Khurasan, Persia, 11th/12th century AD
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A Talismanic scroll, Khurasan, Persia, 11th/12th century AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, the Bismillah at the head, with the attributes of Allah written in two columns beneath, magic squares drawn at the top and bottom, strengthened at the edges
65.2 by 9.8cm.
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Catalogue Note

During the eleventh and twelfth centuries, there was a tradition for talismanic objects and manuscripts, and surviving scrolls remain a rarity. For various metal talismans incised with magic squares and circles, see F. Maddison & E. Savage-Smith, Science, Tools and Magic, Part I, London 1997, p.138, nos.77-78, whilst a Mamluk scroll in a Malaysian private collection is published in Islamic Calligraphy - Sacred and Secular Writings, exhibition catalogue, 1988, p.98, no.22.

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