Object Name: Scroll
Date: 11th century
Geography: Attributed to Egypt
Medium: Ink on paper; block-printed
Dimensions: 9 1/16 x 3 5/16in. (23 x 8.4cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Nelly, Violet and Elie Abemayor, in memory of Michel Abemayor, 1978
Accession Number: 1978.546.32
Centuries before block printing was introduced in Europe, the technique was used in the Islamic world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations, and Qur'anic verses that were kept in amulet boxes. The text on this amulet is in the angular kufic script. The six-pointed star, a familiar symbol in Islamic art, is usually called "Solomon's seal."