Lasting Impressions: Seals from The Islamic World

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Islamic seals were the namecards of their day. This title explores over 300, dating from the earliest days of Islam through to modern era.

They include both matrices made of precious stone and metal, and impressions stamped on manuscript documents and books, mainly from the collections of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, the British Library and the British Museum.

In early Islamic societies a seal presented the image a person wished to project to the world, yet often conveyed much more than was written or perhaps intended.

A seal inscribed simply with the name of the owner and a pious phrase might also reveal when and where that person lived, their social status and aspirations, and their religious beliefs. While the calligraphy and design of a seal reflected the artistic spirit of its time and place, it could also be shaped by personal taste, whether cutting-edge or conservative.

Unlike European seals which are primarily pictorial, in Islamic seals the inscription takes centre stage. It is focus on writing, in the sacred Arabic script, which links seals from all parts of the Muslim world, from Morrocco to Malaysia, and from Iran to India and Indonesia. Masterworks in miniature, each of these seals leaves lasting impressions of the people who commission and used them, and the Islamic world in which they were created.

  • Product Code: CMC9789834469696
  • AUTHOR: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 199
  • FORMAT: Hardback
  • Dimension: W 24cm x H 29cm
  • Weight: 2.10 Kg

Islamic seals were the namecards of their day. This title explores over 300, dating from the earliest days of Islam through to modern era.

They include both matrices made of precious stone and metal, and impressions stamped on manuscript documents and books, mainly from the collections of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, the British Library and the British Museum.

In early Islamic societies a seal presented the image a person wished to project to the world, yet often conveyed much more than was written or perhaps intended.

A seal inscribed simply with the name of the owner and a pious phrase might also reveal when and where that person lived, their social status and aspirations, and their religious beliefs. While the calligraphy and design of a seal reflected the artistic spirit of its time and place, it could also be shaped by personal taste, whether cutting-edge or conservative.

Unlike European seals which are primarily pictorial, in Islamic seals the inscription takes centre stage. It is focus on writing, in the sacred Arabic script, which links seals from all parts of the Muslim world, from Morrocco to Malaysia, and from Iran to India and Indonesia. Masterworks in miniature, each of these seals leaves lasting impressions of the people who commission and used them, and the Islamic world in which they were created.

  • Product Code: CMC9789834469696
  • DIMENSIONS: W 24cm x H 29cm
  • AUTHOR: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
  • PAGES: 199
  • FORMAT: Hardback
  • Weight: 2.10 Kg
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