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Wooden Turkish Sufi emblem, eighteenth to nineteenth century; based on the Arabic word ash-shafi (The Healer), one of Allah's names

Wooden Turkish Sufi emblem, eighteenth to nineteenth century; based on the Arabic word ash-shafi (The Healer), one of Allah's names

Persian kulah khud (helmet) 17th century, Safavid period. Watered steel with gold overlay and inlay with steel and brass chain mail, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Ma.

Persian kulah khud (helmet) 17th century, Safavid period. Watered steel with gold overlay and inlay with steel and brass chain mail, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Ma.

antique wooden hamsa - Size of a real hand - probably from Persia (18th-19th century)

antique wooden hamsa - Size of a real hand - probably from Persia (18th-19th century)

Several Ottoman 'Alem' (standards). Copper, silver leaf. Ca. 18th century.

Several Ottoman 'Alem' (standards). Copper, silver leaf. Ca. 18th century.

SO COOL ! Standard head, central India, 19th century

SO COOL ! Standard head, central India, 19th century

18th century, gilt silver religious stand (alam) in the form of the Hand of Fatima

18th century, gilt silver religious stand (alam) in the form of the Hand of Fatima

Standard ('Alam) Object Name: Standard Date: late 17th–early 18th century Geography: India, Deccan Culture: Islamic Medium: Brass Dimensions: H. 38 in. (96.5 cm) W. 12 in. (30.5 cm) Classification: Metal Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2013

Standard ('Alam) Object Name: Standard Date: late 17th–early 18th century Geography: India, Deccan Culture: Islamic Medium: Brass Dimensions: H. 38 in. (96.5 cm) W. 12 in. (30.5 cm) Classification: Metal Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2013

Alem İran, 16. yüzyıl sonu Delikli çelik, kalıp demir ek uzantılar 81,5 x 32,5 cm

Alem İran, 16. yüzyıl sonu Delikli çelik, kalıp demir ek uzantılar 81,5 x 32,5 cm

A steel standard (or 'alam) dating from the first half of the 17th century. These objects, carried in Shi'i religious processions, evolved from battle standards

In pictures: The British Museum's Shah Abbas exhibition

A steel standard (or 'alam) dating from the first half of the 17th century. These objects, carried in Shi'i religious processions, evolved from battle standards

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