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Antique Oman Amulet with Koranic Text

Koranic Amulet


Scarce rectangular amulet with Koran texts and chain. The pendant´s shape resembles that of a wooden writing tablet (Lawh or loh) often used by students learning the Quran. Worn by children.  Size: rectangular:  8 by 6 cm;  Weight: 50  grams.



Omani silver amulet

Arab names: Luh / Loh (a board  or flat surface for writing, like a school-board)

Period: 1850-1950

Origin: Oman Rustaq

  1. Oman Adorned Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond Miranda Morris  / Apex London 1997 p 101-105
  2. A tribute to Oman The Sultanates Yearbook: 1993/1994 "Safe and Sound" by Robert Richmond Apex p 192-198
  3. Catalog of the Oman exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam 2009 page 137
  4. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 67
  5. British Museum on-line collection number 2009,6023.218 Weight 43 grams length 7 cm width 5 cm. Silver necklace with a flat rectangular pendant (loh necklace) inscribed with Qur'anic verses (Q.112:1-3) in five lines and surrounded by incised chevron motifs. The pendant's shape resembles that of a wooden writing tablet (lawh or loh) often used by students learning the Qur'an in many parts
  6. The peoples of Zanzibar, their customs and religious beliefs by Godfrey Dale, universities mission to central Africa  Westminster London 1920 page 38-45. He writes on page 38:  "Belief in witchcraft and magic seems to be universal amongst the people of Africa, and even in Zanzibar and Pemba in spite of the presence of Islam, has a very strong hold on the minds of the people.  Mohammed himself evidently believed in it, is said to have suffered from the consequences of it, and to have been given the last chapters of the Koran in order to enable him to recover from these consequences. In fact these two last chapters are considered  to be of great value as a preservative against witchcraft, and are constantly inscribed on talismans or recited for this purpose etc."