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Islamic Moghul Indian Russet Iron Qur'an Amulet Box

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: India: Pre 1900: Item # 982588
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Intricately cut and pierced russet iron with with Islamic geometric design and Islamic script. This hexagonal amulet box was meant to hold a matching shaped miniature Qur'an, and be worn on the upper arm, close to the heart, possibly under armor for protection in battle. The interior lined in lacquered brass, with some of the lacquer still remaining, mostly on the bottom and a bit on the hinged lid. The interesting locking mechanism is in perfect working order. 1 3/4 inches in diameter and approximately 5/8 of an inch high. More photographs are available on request.