Earth from the Ka'bah (Ghubar-i Sherif)

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

This relic contains dust swept from the floor of the Ka'bah and compacted into two pear-shaped elements which are wrapped in coloured raffia. They would have been used as amulets in a religious building or home in the belief that they would convey blessings upon their owner and surroundings.


  • Title: Earth from the Ka'bah (Ghubar-i Sherif)
  • Date Created: 19th century 隷
  • Location Created: Turkey
  • Type: ARTIFACT
  • Medium: compacted 'dust', wrapped in raffia; silver-mounted glass case with velvet trim

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