Sunday, September 27, 2015

Off-Topic: Can you identify this item?

A friend of mine asked me about this piece that needs identification. Can you help?



Comments from Wolfgang Schuster's sources: it is absolutely clear that the piece was fabricated quite recently, either as a souvenir for tourists or a fake for cheating collectors. Its legends representing wildly distorted kufic style a certain 'dinar struck at Miknasah (?) in year 497 (or 499)', crudely copying the popular gold issues of Almoravid 'Ali b. Tashufin (compare with http://www.zeno.ru/showgallery.php?cat=927), so both the style and technique features obviously betray a modern hand, perhaps diligent and accurate but absolutely illiterate in medieval arabic writing.

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  1. Hola. Yo tengo una replica similar y decía que era española bajo dominación árabe, creo que Califato Omeya o algo así en la ficha técnica que la acompañaba. La mía es como de aluminio-zinc y otra en plata aunque los caracteres árabes difieren algo.

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  2. Looks like a modern forgery of a Kuwait area dirham for me

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