Seal Ring with the name of Hajji Muhammad ibn Mahmud
Signet rings engraved with the names of their owners or with short sayings or prayers appear on the fourth fingers of men in fifteenth and early sixteenth century Iranian miniature paintings. The lapus-lazuli setting of this seal ring is carved with the name of Hajji Muhammad ibn Mahmud written in reverse. Although the original purpose of these rings was to stamp one’s name into a seal, they may also have functioned as talismans used to protect their owners from harm.
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