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An Amulet from Afsharid Iran

Sheila S. Blair
The Journal of the Walters Art Museum
Vol. 59, Focus on the Collections (2001), pp. 85-102
Published by: The Walters Art Museum
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20168605
Page Count: 18
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An Amulet from Afsharid Iran
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Abstract

One of the most interesting objects in the Islamic gallery at the Walters Art Museum is a small carnelian amulet made in Iran on 28 June 1748. Its lengthy inscriptions reflect the uncertainty of the time, in which appeals were made to God, the prophet Muhammad, the fourteen immaculate ones venerated by Shi'ites, and the four orthodox caliphs venerated by Sunnis. Its mixture of forms and designs shows that the Afsharid rulers of Iran, though often at war with their neighbors, appropriated their rivals' artistic tastes and style.

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