Vintage silver cylindrical prayer box made by the Pashtun artisans

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This silver prayer case has a geometric design and two decorative caps, one of which opens so as to allow a scrolled prayer to be inserted. It may possibly have been part of a bazuband, worn with a similar second case, the two being attached to a stone such as Carnelian which would bear the inscription of a Qur'anic verse. An interesting original item with a lovely patina.

Date:

Circa 1930

Material:

Silver

Dimensions:

1.5 cm (h) x 9.5 cm (w) x 1.5 cm (d)

Weight:

20 g

Ref:

AMU-103

References:

Al-Jadir, S. (1996). Kunuz. Casablanca: LAK International, pp. 290 & 342

An amulet (hirz in Arabic) is an object worn by a person as a form of protection. It is believed to ward off all danger and protect the person from all harm. Often it will be combined with beads or worn on a chain as a piece of jewellery. Some amulets contain verses from the Qur'an as perceived added protection. The amulets in our collection include Tuareg tcherot, Yemeni prayer boxes, boghdad and Tuareg crosses.


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