Antique Chunky Near Eastern Lapis Tughra Intaglio Blank Islamic Seal Ring

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller prelovedjewels (779) 100%, Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 133033934824 Antique Chunky Near Eastern Lapis Tughra Intaglio Blank Islamic Seal Ring A Tughra (Ottoman Turkish طغرا tuğrâ) is a calligraphic monogram, seal or signature of a Sultan or Nobleman that was affixed to all official documents and correspondence. Very elaborate decorated versions were created for important documents that were also works of art in the tradition of Ottoman illumination. Tughras served a purpose similar to the cartouche in ancient Egypt or the Royal Cypher of British monarchs. Every Ottoman Sultan or Nobleman had his own individual tughra, usually in the form of a Seal Ring which would be used to stamp the hot wax that formed the seal of important decrees, letters and documents. These Middle Eastern Jewellery pieces have been skilfully handmade by Artisans of the Ottoman Empire for centuries using techniques and skills handed down from generation to generation of Craftsmen since the dawn of the Roman Empire. The designs and materials used have not changed for millennia which is what makes these particular Rings so unique and eye catching. --------------------------------------------------- This particularly fine example features a large blank and uncarved Lapis Lazuli central Tughra Cabochon Stone set in an elaborate and intricately worked White Metal Shank with inlaid Enamel work to the top, bottom and rear and Bronze Finials on either side. The central Cabochon sits in a Bezel setting and measures 2.5cm in diameter. This Ring is a UK size T. It weighs in at a hefty 29.8g. *Please be fully aware of the size and weight of this Ring before purchasing* --------------------------------------------------- This Ring formed part of a large private collection which is now being sold - The age of the Ring is unknown. --------------------------------------------------- The Ring is in excellent antique condition as shown and is fully wearable. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLEASE NOTE Unless otherwise stated, our vintage and antique jewellery is not cleaned. This is due to many requests for vintage jewellery to be left in it's original condition. Vintage jewellery will almost always show signs of wear. We will always state the full condition of the item within the description. If you have any questions about an item prior to purchase, then please send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. POSTAGE Postage is the next working day (Mon - Fri) after payment has been made - We are unable to post on weekends. We are happy to combine postage - There is only a single charge for multiple items for UK buyers. However... You will need to add all of your items to your 'Ebay Basket' before checkout for this discount to be applied automatically. Postage is via Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For. We do offer Ebays Global Shipping Program for overseas buyers, however we cannot regulate the prices that they charge and multiple items will incur additional charges. Thank you. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Condition: The Ring is in good wearable condition as shown., Age: Unknown, Gender: Men's, Main Gemstone: Lapis, Country of Origin: Turkey - Ottoman Empire, Theme: Seal, Colour: Blue, Material: White Metal, Ring Size: T, Type: Rings, Provenance: Part of a private collection, Designer: Handmade

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