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A5833 War amulets, silver, engraved, Isfahan, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1850-1900. Click to enlarge.

War amulets طلسم جنگی

This pair of talismanic circular silver armband amulets (bazuband) was handcrafted in 19th-century Persia (Iran), probably under the patronage of a wealthy Qajar religious family, by one of the master silver makers (noqrehkar) from the city of Isfahan, known for the production of this series of crafts since the 15th century.

During the Qajar era (1789-1925), many elites and aristocrats had a strong interest in acquiring or collecting similar sacred objects and accessories related to the …


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Object Statement

War amulets, silver, engraved, Isfahan, Persia (Iran), Qajar era, 1850-1900

Physical Description

These talismanic amulets are referred to as war armbands (bazuband-e jangi) because they were tied to the arms of great Persian heroes and warriors during battles. Such talismanic armbands were originally used to hold small Qurans or pages thereof, or even handwritten Islamic talismanic manuscripts considered to hold special sacred protective powers to save warriors during times of war or personal combat.



20 mm


96 mm


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs A Edgar, 1970

Acquisition Date

28 December 1970

Cite this Object


War amulets طلسم جنگی 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 March 2023, <>


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