Calligraphic dragon head
Golconda, 2nd half of the 17th century - 1st half of the 18th century
This brass openwork dragon or makara head was a finial piece from a religious standard (alam) displayed at a Shi’a Muslim shrine. It is composed of Arabic script: “Help is from God and Victory near” (Qur’an, 61:13). Its teeth spell “Allah”, and its crest “Muhammad”.
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