RP 160: Arabic and Persian Seals in the British Museum

    SKU: cmc0861591602

    £40.00 Members' price *


    The first catalogue on the outstanding collection of Arabic and Persian seals and amulets in the British Museum, including inscriptions (with translation), materials and commentary.

    This catalogue is in two parts. The first focuses on the 638 Arabic, Persian and Indian seals in the British Museum covering material from the 8th to the 20th century. The Introduction covers seal practice in different periods and levels of society; the role of the seal and the ‘alāma or motto, the use of figural representation on the seals, seal engravers, the forgery of seals and the importance of the stones used are described. The features of the seals themselves, in particular the palaeography and dating of early Islamic seals, some grammatical features of the inscriptions, and the range of designs present on the seals are analysed. The types and form of Islamic names, the range of phrases that commonly appear and the characteristics of later seals are also discussed. The second part focuses on 170 amulets in the collection preceded by an introduction to the subject.

    Research at the British Museum on engraving techniques is presented with analysis of the stones used.

    The author Venetia Porter is curator of the Islamic collections in the British Museum. She has published widely on different aspects of Islamic art. She curated the British Museum exhibition Word into Art in 2006, with its associated catalogue.


    Product code: cmc0861591602
    Author: Venetia Porter
    Authors: With special assistance from Robert Hoyland and Alexander Morton. Contributions by Shailendra Bhandare, and scientific analysis by Janet Ambers, Sylvia Humphrey, Nigel Meeks and Margaret Sax.
    ISBN: 9780861591602
    Format: Paperback, perfect bound
    Number of pages: 208 pages of text and illustrations
    Size: 297 x 210 mm
    llustrations: Every seal and amulet illustrated in colour throughout the text
    Publication date: March 2011
    Weight: 0.78kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

    Every purchase supports the Museum

    Delivery & returns

    Delivery charges for the rest of the world: are calculated depending on the weight (kg) and destination of the order.

    Estimated Delivery times:
    UK and Europe: 5 - 10 working days.
    Rest of the world: 14 to 28 working days.

    For more information, please see our full Delivery policy here

    If for any reason you are not entirely happy with books and other products purchased from the shop, we will refund the value of the goods supplied. Please contact Customer Services directly on 0800 218 2222 (or from abroad on +44 (0)20 7079 0970) for individual advice.

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges on pierced earrings for hygiene reasons, unless they are faulty.

    For more information, please see our full Returns policy here