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