This cylindrical stone pendant (now broken) is carved with lines of magic symbols on two facets, and the image of a quadruped on one facet. Rather than forming actual words, the writing appears to represent a magical alphabet. The inscription remains undeciphered, and exactly what such a pendant was meant to protect against remains a mystery.
1937, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 22, 1983–August 14, 1983, no. 8d.
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 8d, p. 26, ill. fig. 8d (b/w).