Talismanic Scroll

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)

Classification: Codices

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."