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Qarakhanid fals with a rabbit
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:05:15 AM »
A mysterious and elusive coin, I finally managed to put this rare rabbit into my hat. Unfortunately, it is not a very clear coin and it was hard to picture. Scanning was too unclear, but the whisky glass method of Figleaf did it - with my lights low.
AE fals Qarakhanids. Tunket 407 AH (=1016-17 AD). Adud al-Dawla Chaghry-tegin Husayn b. Hasan. Obv. Rabbit running to the left, under a star. Below there's another animal. Rev. 3 lines in pearl circle. 25.5 mm, 2.20 gr.
Running rabbits are common in Islamic art. But it must be remembered that the Qarakhanids were a Turkic people that was converted to Islam only a few decades before. Tunket or Tunkath was a major town in Ilaq, 30 miles east of Tashkent - that's very far away from Bagdad, Egypt or Iran.

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Re: Qarakhanid fals with a rabbit
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2017, 12:13:32 PM »
Cute pictorial fals. I did not know a Qarakhanid version of this. I did once hold an Ilkhanid fals with a hare jumping over the moon. But that has much more Western origin, so doubt if these could be related.
 

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Re: Qarakhanid fals with a rabbit
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2017, 09:37:31 AM »
Hare on moon turns up on ancient Indian PMC's also

In England we always speak of the man in the moon, and see a face on the moon itself.  But there is an eastern tradition of seeing a hare on the moon.  (Actually that works just as well - just look at a full moon).

I presume all these coins might be to do with that matter? 

Perhaps Mongols got it from ancient India, or maybe it is even far older than that?

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Re: Qarakhanid fals with a rabbit
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2017, 10:15:18 AM »
Iím curious about the animal under the hare. By the way, did you see the octagon around the hare and the calligraphy of the lettering around it?
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Re: Qarakhanid fals with a rabbit
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2017, 10:29:55 AM »
Iím curious about the animal under the hare. By the way, did you see the octagon around the hare and the calligraphy of the lettering around it?

Through a glass, darkly  :)

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Re: Qarakhanid fals with a rabbit
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 06:25:06 PM »
Could find just one other on the web in a Stev Album auction here.
Has a bit better visible legend, readability for me is still quite a problem though.
Does not provide an answer to what's below the hare.
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Re: Qarakhanid fals with a rabbit
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2017, 01:15:42 PM »
A river shrimp, maybe? Symbols for food from hunting and fishing?

Peter
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