Persia, 10th century, A green glass fertility talisman
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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- 17.8cm.; 7 in.
composed of green glass, of typical, cylindrical form on a flat circular base
Talismans are described in the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology by Barbara Ann Kipfer as a "charm or fetish thought to produce unusual, extraordinary happenings". Of characteristic phallic form, the present talisman draws on an ancient cult tradition centering on fertility, whose potency endured in the Islamic period.