Ottoman Jewellery, A Rare Ottoman Gold With Silver Gem-Set Broach, Inscribed With Arabic Words ماشا الله Maşallah, Decorated With A Crown & A Crescent on Top, The Ottoman Empire Probably Istanbul-Turkey, Circa Late 19th. Century.

Identification Number: 528


The main focus and subject of this beautiful wreath shaped gold brooch is spiritual and psychological.


“Mashallah” (“Mashallah” or “Mash’Allah” is an Arabic phrase used to show appreciation for a person or happening.

It shows respect, and also reminds that everything is achieved by the will of Allah.

The phrase has found its way into other non-Arabs languages, including Turks Persians and other Muslim countries).


The main subject of this piece is the depiction of the much used religious Islamic phrase by the faithful Muslims is the phrase of ماشا الله Maşallah, translating to


If God or Allah wishes for something to happen, it will happen.

The closest English translation to this spiritual phrase is “God willed it.” It is used to show joy and praise, and is evoked upon hearing good news.


This phrase gives some kind of comfort, blessings and to keeps bad spirits and envious people at bay from the owner in general especially to babies, young children and woman.


In 1927 AD. The Turks had decided to stop the usage of the Arabic alphabets in their writings and had changed to Latin, Previously and for centuries the Ottomans had used the Arabic alphabets where our current piece was made.  


Although the way is the phrase of ماشا الله Maşallah had been inscribed with Arabic letters consisting of three words of




& Allah


But it had been inscribed with the Turkish style of pronunciation of this popular phrase which is in fact is being pronounced without the additional vowel of A added to the second word,

(The Arabs add an additional vowel of A “ ء” after the second word whereas the Turks).


In this lot the phrase of ماشا الله Maşallah, is been beautifully engraved on an oval shaped roundel.

The inscribed roundel is been topped by a crown with a crescent, the crescent is a symbol of Islam and to the Ottoman Empire’s country official flag.


Also the overall Gold inscribed crowned design is been surrounded with beautiful rococo style silver wreath tied up with a gold papillion or butterfly shaped motif and with a gold suspending pendent encrusted with fine turquoise stone centring the two ribbons located at the base of the wreath.


The overall phrase of ماشا الله Maşallah, the wreath including the silver stems and gold flowers are all been inset with rose cut shaped diamonds and precious stones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires.






(For similar notes please see our lot identification number 529).


5 * 4.8 cms.




The USA Art Market.


For Similar Broaches please see:

Sotheby’s Auction House, 26th. April, 2017-London, Arts of the Islamic World, Lot 240, An Ottoman Gem-Set broach bearing the Tugrah of Sultan Abdulhamid II (r.1876-1909) AD.

Please see similar lot in the Victoria & Albert Museum Collection, London, UK, Lot accession No. IS. 240-1897.

Blue enamel, rose cut diamond suspending three enamelled & rose-cut diamond fan shaped tassels, circa possibly 1880 AD.

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