Seal of Solomon
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A Seal of Solomon appearing on an 11th c. talismanic scroll of Egyptian origin. Centuries before block printing was used in Europe, it was used in the Muslim world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations and Quranic verses that were kept in small boxes. The calligraphy style of this amulet is kufic. This scroll is currently at the MET Museum.
Regimental insignia of the 4th Tunisian Tirailleurs Regiment (4th RTT), an infantry regiment of the French Army of Africa since 1884. Their motto can be read on the insignia: "fī amān Allāh", or "under God's protection". It combines a red crescent with a gold Seal of Solomon. They famously participated in the Battle of Verdun (1917) and the Battle of Belvedere (1943), and were also dispatched in 1949 first to Cambodia and then to South Vietnam, where they served until 1955.
The Hala Sultan Tekke, or Umm Ḥarām Mosque, is a mosque/mausoleum near the Cypriot city of Larnaca. During the 18th c., the Ottomans built the mosque around the tomb of Umm Ḥarām, a 7th c. Companion of the prophet Muḥammad who deceased at the site. The mosque also contains the tomb of Khadīja ʿĀdila, the grand-daughter of Rashīd Pāsha and wife of Ḥussayn ibn ʿAlī, who was exiled at the island . You can see the mosque's miḥrāb decorated with Seals of Solomon.
This is the flag of Zalengam, a proposed state for the Kuki people of Southeast Asia. The Kukis, several tribes within India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, live dispersed across international borders. The Kuki National Organization strives for an independent state. Their flag features a Star of David, though the majority of Kukis are Christian. Only a minority of Jewish Kukis claim descendance from the Israelite Tribe of Menasseh and form the Bnei Menashe with other Jews from the Chin and Mizo peoples
A French manuscript from the 13th c. (circa 1200) depicts Christian and Muslim knights clashing during the 2nd Siege of Antioch -Bibliothèque Nationale de France. A Seljuk knight has a red shield with a blue Seal of Solomon. A red banner with white crescent is also featured.
A manuscript of Hayton of Coricos' Fleur des histoires de la terre d'Orient, 14th century, depicts Mamluk knights chasing their Mongol enemies during the Second Battle of Ḥomṣ (1281). The Mongols are seen brandishing a red banner with two Seals of Solomon. Although their army consisted mainly of Armenians and Georgians, it's possibly that the artist used a random Muslim symbol to represent the Mongol hordes. Another theory is that these Mongols were already influenced by Islamic culture.
A 1915 public declaration confirms that the state flag of Morocco bears a green pentagram on a red background, as adopted by king Yūsef when his country was subject to the rule of France. No mention is made of a hexagram. However, the pentagram in this case is still regarded as a Seal of Solomon.
Several editions of the famous French Larousse dictionaries feature a wrong depiction of the state flag of Morocco. The 1922 edition and 1934 edition both depict the flag bearing a green hexagram, giving rise to a lot of theories on the flag's actual symbolism. In reality, the Moroccan flag had a pentagram featured.
A talismanic shirt belonging to Ottoman caliph Salīm II (r. 1566-1574). The silk tunic is covered with Quranic verses, Seals of Solomon and intricate patters with magical letters and numbers. Superstition was generally high among the Ottomans, leading to the wearing of such clothes.
Talismanic shirt covered in a variety of scripts. They parallel a group of similar Ottoman shirts in the Topkapi Museum, dating from the 15th & 16th centuries, with the crescent and cypresses so common in 16th c. Ottoman styles. The Seal of Solomon is a common recurring image.
The keys to Algiers, capital of Algeria. They were seized by the French on the 5th of July 1830 and are now on display in the musée de l'Armée in Paris. The fact that the Seal of Solomon is engraved on the key is such a powerful symbol, a physical visualization of the wish to deter evil from entering the city and keep the devils and diseases out. It didn't, however, keep the French from seizing both the keys and the town.
Is the flag of Israel actually Jewish? The answer is no, not really. As historian Gershom Scholem said: "The hexagon is not a Jewish symbol, much less "the symbol of Judaism.” None of the marks of a true symbol nor its manner of origin… apply to it." The origins of David's Star/Solomon's Seal lie within the Muslim world, only to become a symbol for Judaism from the 19th century onward.