Malay Art, A Rare Egg-Shaped Brass Mustika (Magical Amulet) With Sacred Islamic Prayers, Probably Java Or Madura, Indonesia, 19th century.

Identification Number: 371


The Islamic Talismanic amulet is a tradition that is often seen in the Islamic world such as in Persia and the Ottoman world etc.,
The egg-shaped amulets are very common and widely used in the Ottoman world where it’s most likely have arrived from to the Malay World via the Aceh Sultanate.
This rare type of Indonesian protective amulets coincide with other types of Islamic talismanic pieces, which are found in Java made out of carved stone, wood, metal or clay.
Such as, mustika pearls, cowry shells, moulded clay etc., which are often carved with Arabic inscriptions but in Jawi style Arabic calligraphy script.
Within the Indonesian lore, these particular objects serve as magical protective devices, destined to guard carriers from dangers and harm. They are often used as meditation tools to be held in the hand or during ritual prayers.
The inscriptions are most likely render the 99 holly names of Allah (God), the names of the prophet Mohamed also the four Rashidun Caliphs of Islam (الخلفاء الراشدون‎ ) Al-Khulafāʾu ar-Rāshidūn.
Often simply collectively called “the Rashidun”, is a term used in Islam to refer to the 30-year reign of the first four orthodox caliphs (successors) following the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, namely: Abu Bakr al Siddiq, Umar ibn al-Khattab , Uthman ibn Affan & Ali Ibin Abi Talib.