Isl. Ms. 236


[Calligraphic specimen,late 15th or early 16th century and 18th century].[مرقع حسن الخط,اواخر القرن 15 او اوائل القرن 16م والقرن 18م].

Place/Date of Production:

[Istanbul?,1485-1520 and 17--].


6 panels :paper ;260 x 180 (177 x 88) mm.


Exquisite album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ or murakkaa) employing a prayer text (duʻāʼ), likely executed by the master Ottoman calligrapher, Şeyh Hamdullah of Amasya (d.1520).

Other Title(s):

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Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Islamic calligraphy--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"صدق الله العظيم وبلغ رسوله الكريم ونحن على ما قال ربنا وخالقنا ورازقنا مولينا من الشاهدين اللهم ربنا تقبل منا ختم القرآن ..."


"اللهم انصر من نصر الدين واخذل من خذل المسلمين امين يا رب العالمين برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين"


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Physical Details:

Six 'panels' (mounted leaves) hinged together with silk ; all originally joined back to back at both edges, now only at one edge except for two of the six ; opens vertically.


Written in 12-15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Fine specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; an elegant naskh, partially seriffed, with very slight tilt to the left and some sweeping descenders.


Illuminated floral vegetal pieces appear in panels flanking the written area on each of the first four pages, consisting of a central floral piece filled with a vegetal decoration in gold, pink, red, white, and blue continued as cornerpieces on a blue ground ; each of these decorative panels is surrounded by an elaborate frame in pink, gold interlace, and blue ; decoration of final page forms an elegant illuminated tailpiece continuing the vegetal pattern in pink, red, orange, white, and green on fields of blue and gold and accommodating the close of the text as well as the four statements of authenticity ; textual dividers in the form of illuminated rosettes with blue, red and white accents appear throughout.


Written area on well worn leaves, pieced, set into an elaborate frame in several different laid papers (pink-tinted, yellow-tinted, magenta-tinted and gold-flecked, and blue-tinted and gold-flecked, though colors of facing panels match), and mounted on other leaves of gold-flecked, magenta-tinted, European laid paper with watermarks of "F C" under three stars and three hats.


Pasteboards covered in light brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in magenta-tinted, gold-flecked paper ; upper and lower covers carry tooled and gold-painted frames each consisting of a guilloché roll flanked by gold fillets ; panels hinged together with green silk (possibly once in accordian format) ; overall in good condition with only minor abrasion.

Former Shelfmarks:

"553 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of lower cover.


Lacks dated colophon, but at the close includes four statements each attesting to its authenticity as a specimen in the hand of 'the late shaykh,' likely Şeyh Hamdullah of Amasya (d.1519 or 20). Signators of the statements include Eğrikapılı Mehmet Râsim Efendi (d.1756), renowned student of Seyyid Abdullah of Yedikule (d.1731), accompanied by his seal ; Seyyid Abdullah's son and student Emirefendizade Seyyid Abdülhalim (d.1759), accompanied by his seal dated 1135 [1722 or 3] ; likely Yahya Fahrettin (d.1756), student of İkinci Derviş Ali (d.1716) ; and possibly Yahya b. İsmail (Kirişci) (d.1759). Thus the calligraphy would have been executed in the early 16th century (if not late 15th century), and signatures, initial piecing, etc. in the first half of the 18th century. Mounting possibly later.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on interior of lower cover "553 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; seal impressions of Eğrikapılı Mehmet Râsim Efendi (d.1756) and Emirefendizade Seyyid Abdülhalim (d.1759) appear with their autographs at close ; clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In calligrapher:

04 Şeyh Hamdullah, 1436 or 1437-1519 or 1520. calligrapher. 04 شيخ حمد الله، خطاط.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Derman, M. Uğur. Letters in gold : Ottoman calligraphy from the Sakıp Sabancı collection, Istanbul. (New York : Metropolitian Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, c1998),pp.46-49 ; 78 ; 82 ; 83.Serin, Muhittin. “Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ndeki Bazı Kütüphanelerde Bulunan İslam El Yazma Eserleri ve Michigan Üniversitesi II. Abdülhamid Koleksiyonu,” Akademik Araştırmalar Dergisi 2, 4-5, (2000).Rado, Şevket. Türk hattatları : XV. yüzyıldan günümüze kadar gelmiş ünlü hattatların hayatları ve yazılarından örnekler. (Istanbul : Yayın Matbaacılık Ticaret Limited Şti., [1984?]),pp.157-158 ; 163.Nikolaev, Vsevolod. Watermarks of the mediaeval Ottoman documents in Bulgarian libraries. In Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, volume 1. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1954.

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Posted by evyn on July 12, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued

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