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CNG 111, Lot: 967. Estimate $300.
Sold for $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

INDIA, Colonial. British India. temp. Victoria. 1837-1901. Seal Matrix. Seal of judge Shar’ Nabi Mir Fateh Allah. Probably for use in Sind, Balochistan, or Punjab. Dated AH 1260 (AD 1844) . Circular seal engraved al-mutawakkil ‘ali llāh 1260/ afawwidh amri illa allah/qadi shar’ nabi mir fateh Allah (al-mutawakkil ‘ali llāh 1260 [after the Hijra]/my affair I leave to Allah [Qur’an 40:44] /shar’ nabi mir fateh Allah judge) in three lines; all within double linear and pelleted border; middle line within ornate mihrab. Seal is set in silver-plated bronze cylindrical mounting with semi-spherical top. Dimensions: overall length, 95mm; 41mm at face of seal, 25mm at widest points of base. Total weight: 366.90 g. Intact, but with plating split in several spots, revealing non-magnetic core beneath, top appears to have been repaired at some point. Toned. An interesting item of local administrative use.

The cataloger thanks Stephen Album for his assistance in translating the inscription.