Antique Oman Amulet with a magic quadrant / Square

Amulet with a magic quadrant
  • Description

Scarce round Omani silver amulet with a magic quadrant (links to Koran texts) Size 4,5 cm diameter.  Weight: 20 grams.on p 196. Zwemer in 1920 (ref 3)  mentions that the most common Muslim amulet was pear-shaped with on one side a magic square with the names of the four archangels around its sides. 

antique Omani silver amulet

Arab Period: 1850-1950

Name: Tok (meaning power or potency)

Origin: Oman Zanzibar

References:
  1. Oman Adorned by Pauline Shelton  Robert Richmond / 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
  3. For a detailed overview of Islamic magic tables see Zwemer " The influence of animism on Islam 1920 page 202 - 207
  4. Zanzibar its History and its people by W.H. Ingrams  p 478-482 on magic squares and numbers. P 475 has a photo of a manuscript book for making magic squares.