Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 238

Title:

[Hilye-yi şerif,1099, i.e. 1687 or 1688].[حليه شريف,1099ه، 1687 او 1688].

Place/Date of Production:

[Istanbul?,1687 or 1688].

Size:

3 panels :paper ;147 x 285 mm. opening vertically to 438 x 287 mm.

Summary:

Exquisite hilye (written depiction of the Prophet) executed by the master who developed this graphic form of the hilye, Hafız Osman Efendi (d.1698).

Other Title(s):

Hilye-i şerif

Subject(s):

Calligraphy, Ottoman--Specimens.
Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Islamic calligraphy--Specimens.
Islam--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Early works to 1800.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.

Incipit:

"عن علي كان اذا وصف النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال لم يكن بالطويل الممغط ولا بالقصير المتردد ..."

Explicit:

"يقول ناعته لم ار قبله ولا بعده مثله صلى الله عليه وسلم"

Colophon:

"كتبه اضعف الكتاب عثمان المعروف بحافظ كلام الوهاب سنه تسع وتسعين والف"

Dedication:

Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!

Contents:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:
Collation:

Three 'panels' (likely once a single levha, now pieced) hinged together with red-brown leather, opening for display as a levha.

Layout:

Baș makam with besmele (opening with "انه من سليمان وانه" in small cartouche above "بسم") ; göbek with 9 lines of text ; ayet in a single line ; etek with 4 lines of text.

Script:

Exquisite specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; basmalah (besmele), āyah (ayet) and names of the first four caliphs (çiharyâr) in thuluth (sülüs) ; hilye texts (of the göbek and etek) in naskh (nesih).

Decoration:

Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) appears in a rectangular panel above the baş makam, consisting of a semi-circular piece (dome) filled with a depiction of al-Masjid al-Ḥarām at Mecca (kaʻbah visible) and set off by an outer border of swirling vegetal designs in white, lavender, mint green, pink, gold, etc. on a blue ground with heavy gold and black borders and surmounting vertical stalks (tīgh) ; the same vegetal designs fill the area around the göbek and the koltuklar ; a black and gold frame surrounds the uppermost rectangular panel, the baş makam, the square containing the göbek, hilâl (in gold), and names of the çiharyâr, the ayet and the etek ; bands of turquoise and gold surround the circles with names of the çiharyâr ; textual dividers in the form of illuminated rosettes accent the hilye text ; a heavy border in olive green with gold painted floral accents, itself set-off by white fillets and framed by black and gold bands, surrounds the entire levha.

Support:

European laid paper, well-burnished, pieced and mounted on boards.

Binding:

The three pieced panels of the levha are mounted on boards backed with silk, edged and hinged together with red-brown leather, unfolding like a tryptich but vertically ; some repairs to the edging in purple leather ; minor hinge repairs in Japanese paper.

Former Shelfmarks:

"546 T.D.M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" in pencil on reverse of uppermost panel ; "113" in pencil in border adjacent to illuminated headpiece.

Origin:

As appears at close, executed by ʻUthmān, known as Ḥāfiẓ Kalām al-Wahhāb (i.e. Hafız Osman Efendi) in 1099 [1687 or 8].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil "546 T.D.M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" in pencil on reverse of uppermost panel ; "113" in pencil in border adjacent to illuminated headpiece ; clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Scribe(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Former Owner(s):

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

In calligrapher:

05 Osman, Hâfız, 1642-1698, calligrapher. 05 حافظ عثمان, خطاط.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

References:

Brocade of the pen : the art of Islamic writing. Carol Garrett Fisher, ed. (East Lansing, MI: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 1991),no.6, p.83Zakariya, Mohamed. "Islamic calligraphy: A technical overview." In Brocade of the pen: the art of Islamic writing. Carol Garrett Fisher, ed. (East Lansing, MI: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 1991):1-17Derman, 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.34-37 ; 72-77.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).Schick, İrvin Cemil. "The Iconicity of Islamic calligraphy in Turkey." RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, no. 53/54 (Spring - Autumn, 2008): 211-224.Gruber, Christiane. The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.EI2, "Khaṭṭ."vol. IV, p. 1113, col. 1

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Posted by evyn on April 24, 2012
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued

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