On the other hand, the high quality paper, as well as some fine details in the decoration, points towards a Mesopotamian attribution. The shape of the lobed cartouches in the central panel as well as the palmettes which fill the space between the cartouches and the side of the central text are very similar to the opening bifolium of a juz' copied between 1198-1219 AD in Jazira, now in the Khalili Collection (inv. no.QUR497, James 1992, no.44).
The contents of the scroll are as follows:
On the sides: the vertical cartouches written in gold with several surah's verses, including surah al-A'raf (VII), part of verse 56; surah al-Tawbah (IX), verses 128-9; the bismillah, and surah Ya'sin (XXXVI) verses 1-66.
On the central panel: seven talismans (haykal) followed by prayers in different shaped cartouches. Further talismanic prayers, mostly for specific purposes and occasion: for the entrance into fortifications (li-dukhul al-husun); for acceptance and love (qabul wa mahabbah); for the annulment of magic (li-faskh al-sihr); for entering war; for the rising of the sun; for the rising of the moon; the palm of Maryam (kaff maryam); for a sword blow (li-darb al-sayf); for the throwing of arrows (li-rami al-nushshab); the snake and the scorpion (al-hayyah wa al-‘aqrab); against headache (li-waja‘ al-ras); against tongue-tie (li-‘aqd al-alsinah); for the 'nun of Victory' (li-nun al-nasr); a blessed incantation (‘azimah mubarakah); a prayer entitled 'his ancestry is illustrious' (nasluhu mashhur).
The small red and black text: Qur'anic quotations and surah al-Ikhlas (CXII).
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