Lot 862

Lot: 862

Vroeg negentiende eeuws Qajar talismanmanuscript op een zeer fijn soort perkament (van een gazel) met allerlei magische vierkanten en inscripties om zegeningen (‘baraka’) te helpen verzekeren en bescherming te bieden voor personen of plaatsen – ca 55 x 41 cm dergelijke manuscripten werden zowel gedragen als opgehangen

 

early 19th Cent. Qajar talismanic chart on fine parchment, including numerous magic squares and inscriptions inked on gazelle skin, whose crease marks suggest that it was folded into a smaller bundle and possibly nestled within a now-lost container
The rather translucent parchment is inscribed with a number of Qur’anic verses, the beautiful names of God (al-asma’ al-husna), the invocation of ‘Ali (nad-i ‘Ali), talismanic numerous tables, amuletic texts dedicated to Husayn and Hasan, and a variety of prayers (du’as). Most of these prayers have their merits or virtues computed.
The talisman’s textual contents, here written in miniature script, make use of parts of the Qur’an that are believed to be particularly apotropaic (effective at warding off evil influences). Considered an acceptable form of magic, this practice of making Qur’anic amulets is common across Islamic civilizations. However, this object’s inclusion of the invocation to ‘Ali (nad-i ‘Ali) suggests a Shi’i milieu and points its manufacture in eastern Islamic lands. The rather translucent parchment is inscribed with a number of Qur’anic verses, the beautiful names of God (al-asma’ al-husna), the invocation of ‘Ali (nad-i ‘Ali), amuletic texts dedicated to Husayn and Hasan, and a variety of prayers (du’as). Most of these prayers have their merits or virtues computed; the talisman’s textual contents, here written in miniature script, make use of parts of the Qur’an that are believed to be particularly apotropaic (effective at warding off evil influences). Considered an acceptable form of magic, this practice of making Qur’anic amulets is
common across Islamic civilizations. However, this object’s inclusion of the invocation to ‘Ali (nadi ‘Ali) suggests a Shi’i milieu and points its manufacture in eastern Islamic lands.

Veilingdag/Auctionday 6/06/2021
Schatting/Estimation 1600-2000 euro