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Item:283423765096Extremely RARE ancient Islamic Bronze Archer's Thumb Ring c1,000 years old KUFIC inscription!This is a very unusual large and rare type of bronze archer's ring with an extremely scarce KUFIC inscription.This is an earlier type of Archer's ring and it is VERY rare to find one with an inscription on it. The angular Kufic letters are a style that date from the early Islamic period.This Archer's thumb ring is over 1,000 years old and highly desirable.Due to a recent change in eBay policies, all external links have been removed. Please note that all references and evidence that we provide is still available and we can send prospective bidders attachments, photographs and website links if queries are sent to our email address which is included in the “Business Seller Information” section towards the bottom of this page (please click the link “complete information”).The Kufic inscription is difficult to read but you can clearly see the letters that make up the name “Ahmad”. The bamboo bow of Rasool Allah (saw) is kept in the Topkapi Museum in Turkey:http://www.theinfinitecurve.com/archery/the-sport-of-kings-archery-in-istanbul/In thirty years of business in the antiques trade, this is the first and only early Islamic archer's thumb ring that we have encountered with an Arabic inscription. We have seen hundreds of regular standard Roman, Greek, Chinese and Byzantine archer's thumb rings.Most surviving archer's thumb rings from the early period are Roman or Chinese and these are quite common as there were hundreds of thousands of archers over the centuries. You can see the typical shaped very common ancient archer's thumb rings on the following link:http://www.ancientresource.com/lots/roman/archersrings.htmlHere is a 2,000 year old unusual stone archer's thumb ring that was excavated only 1,000km from Mecca:http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/collections/antiquities/ancient-egypt/item-417531.aspxWhat is interesting about the ancient Egyptian archer's ring and the one we are offering is that they both have a diameter of 45mm. The inner diameter of our archer's thumb ring is 30mm. Early Muslim archers used the THUMB to draw the string back and they wore a ring on their thumb to protect it from the string, and the release. Here is a very interesting article about early Arab archery with references to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and his encouragement of learning archery:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabarchery Some in depth information about archery and the Sunnah:https://www.myislaam.com/general/archery-islam/Please see our other ancient coins and Islamic art & antiques. TERMS & CONDITIONS OF SALE By placing a bid, you have agreed to the following terms and conditions. According to eBay rules - winning bidders should contact seller within 3 days of the end of the listing. All sales are final and no returns accepted – read the item description and look at the photos – bid as you feel appropriate. NO BIDDERS WITH LESS THAN 10 FEEDBACK unless they contact me first. If you bid without contacting me first (via the ‘Ask seller a question’ link at top of listing page), your bid may not be accepted and the item offered to the 2nd highest bidder or re-listed. 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Stunning Ancient Islamic bronze ARCHERS THUMB RING 1000 yrs old Arabia KUFIC