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This is a blog of my personal collections. The purpose of this blog is to educate myself and public in regards to antiquities especially related to religion and calligraphy. I welcome everyone to input their feedback in this blog which they think would be helpful. I do not watermark the photos in this blog so everyone is free to use them as long as they are not used for illegal and unethical reasons. I appreciate if you could notify me if you plan to use any of the photos here. Enjoy browsing!!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Ancient Artifact Review 42 : Antique Malay Brunei / Palembang Talismanic Sufi Kawari Pendant ( 18th Century)

This is undated tin pendant inscribed in Arabic believed from Malay Archipelago. On one side, the pendant is fully decorated with floral motives. Whereas another side has an Arabic inscription on the rim which means "Healing the heart to meet the beloved"

 شفاء القلوب لقاء المحبوب 

 This pendant might serve as a talismanic purpose. Found in sungai Musi Palembang. Palembang which was a trade centre from 17th Century.
Another opinion is that this medallion can be very Sufi in nature. The phrase itself is used widely by Sufi followers to express their love for GOD. Especially Palembang is a birth town of one of famous Malay scholars, Sheikh Abdus Samad Al Falembani which was born in 1704CE.

This medallion is undobtedly Malay in origin based on the "awan larat" motives on the rim as well as the flowery pattern in the middle.
The awan larat is depicted here ( presentsation from Fiona Audrey's). This design is used in almost Malay products such as Batik, metalware, wood, etc.

Compare the central flowery pattern of this medallion with 18th century Brunei coin as picture below ( taken from Stephen Album Rare Coin Sale). The reverse side of the coin has a strikingly similar flowery pattern with this medallion. Could his medallion originated from Brunei Sultanate or Malay islands under its influence?

Compare a talismanic disc or Kawari used by Bugis people from Sulawesi. Below is the picture of a boy/girl wearing a caping ( modesty disc) around his/her waist and a kawari around the neck.

Dim : 80mm Diameter
Date : 18th Century
Material : Tin
Origin : Malay Archeplago
Price : RM smur

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