Posted on: 25 January 2013

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”.

© University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum

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Fabulous ...

Excellent casting of a wonderful calligraphy.

"Victory near".

Suchetana , via my own ignorance , i ask , freedom from oppression or freedom to oppress ? i mean no disrespect of anyone's values ............... we all bleed red , love , and hurt , laugh and cry . i dislike religion's divide and conquer psychopathy . glad that , for me Bhuddism is a philosophy that is respectful of others ways ! many paths to the same place should not divide us . Respect is so very undervalued in this world . blissings

Bit off topic, dear Watson.