223. A Bektashi Taslim Taj Stone

Turkey, 18th century or earlier
Size: 8 cm diameter

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This example is unusual for its various attachments; a black stone talisman, two spherical ‘eye’ agates, a mottled green hardstone bead, and a tooth of carnelian that may be the remains of a larger piece. The large majority of such stones are unadorned, accompanied only by the two polygonal beads. Occasionally they have a single stones inset at the centre, either an opal or an inscribed carnelian.