2019_CKS_17178_0094_000(an_oval_gem_set_jade_amulet_india_17th_18th_century)

2019_CKS_17178_0094_002(an_oval_gem_set_jade_amulet_india_17th_18th_century)

Lot 94. An oval gem set jade amulet, India, 17th-18th century; 1 in. (2.1 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000 (USD 25,700 - USD 38,550). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019. 

Arabic inscription from the Quar'an set with rubies, the reverse decorated with a four petal emerald flower with a central diamond.  

Note: This beautiful ruby-inlaid jade talisman bears a popular extract from Qur'an XI, sura al-hud, part of v.88. This extract is often used on seals as a talisman, which would bring success and victory to its owner. The use of precious stones in jade seals to highlight a calligraphic text is extremely rare. The fact that the reverse of this seal is also gem-set with a central flower indicates that it was to be mounted with the back visible. The delicacy of the inlay here is comparable to a ruby inlaid jade dagger with a tiger-striped (bubri) pattern, which sold recently at Christie's, New York, 19 June 2019, lot 84.

Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 24 October 2019