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Detail of a panel from a talismanic chemise created to protect Murad IV Ghazi, who was the sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1623-1640. The panel features “dense inscriptions from the Qur’an, Solomonic signs, magic squares, saints’ names, and other powerful symbols,” according to Marina Warner in Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights.

Detail of a panel from a talismanic chemise created to protect Murad IV Ghazi, who was the sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1623-1640. The panel features “dense inscriptions from the Qur’an, Solomonic signs, magic squares, saints’ names, and other powerful symbols,” according to Marina Warner in Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights.

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