In the Arabian Nights' Tales Alasnam has
eight diamond statues, but had to go in quest of a ninth more precious
still, to fill the vacant pedestal. The prize was found in the lady who
became his wife, at once the most beautiful and the most perfect of her
“There is wanting one pure and perfect model, and that one, wherever
it is to be found, is like Alasnam's lady, worth them all.”
—Sir Walter Scott.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894