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This oval-shaped agate gemstone has been inscribed with verses from the Qur’an and bears the names of the Prophet Muhammad and his cousin and son-in-law ʿAli, which are written in ghubar or dust-like tiny script. It may have originally been set into a jewel—perhaps a bazuband (armband) or a pendant—and worn on the body as a talisman, where the holy verses would have protected the wearer.

Amulet, Agate; inscribed

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