Antique Islamic Prayer Box, Quran Scroll Container, IndianSnake Chain, 52 Grams

Antique Islamic Prayer Box, Quran Scroll Container, IndianSnake Chain, 52 Grams

 

This is an early 20th century, high grade silver hollow cylindrical tube talisman, amulet prayer box container, from central Asia, and similar to styles and design from Afghanistan or Pashtun.

(Similar examples are found at Musee Du Quai Branly - Paris, Reference No. 71.1935.115.437 and 71.1935.115.438).

It has three sturdy suspension rings for a chain to allow the amulet to be worn as a necklace. There are two decorated end caps - one of which opens to insert a protective prayer and also has the third suspension ring on the cap.

It has three sturdy suspension rings for a chain to allow the amulet to be worn as a necklace. There are two decorated end caps - one of which opens to insert a protective prayer and also has the third suspension ring on the cap.

The prayer box has been made from a single high grade silver sheet with stamped repousse traditional geometric designs and stylized floral decorations.

It has been strung on a 71 cm (28") antique high grade silver (sterling) Afghani snake chain with a S clasp for closing.

The talisman container would have held a miniature paper scroll containing a combination of prayers and Quranic verses, and was created for placement in an amulet box. The wearers protective amulet or manuscript are meant to have magical powers to protect the owner with an elaborate invocation asking God to protect the bearer of the amulet.

I have not cleaned the talisman, but will polish up beautifully.

Length: 10 cm (4")
Height : 2.5 cm (1") including Bale
Width: 1.8 cm (3/4")
Bale:  5 mm
Prayer Box Weight: 34.9 grams (1.230 oz.)
Silver Snake Chain Weight: 71 cm (28") 17 Grams
Total Weight: 52 Grams (1.830 oz.)
Material: Tested silver high grade

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