Isl. Ms. 391


Tabaka-yi mülûk-u Osmaniyan,[between 1839-1861].طبقۀ ملوك عثمانيان،[ما بين 1839 و1861م].

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1 roll :paper ;2800 x 145-150 (136, 132) mm.


Elegant silsilename of the Ottoman sultans through Abdülmecid I (r.1839-1861) in rotulus format (i.e. scroll opening vertically).

Other Title(s):

Tabaka-yı mülûk-u Osmaniyan


Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Turkey--History--Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918--Kings and rulers--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. composite roll.
Title from rubricated heading at opening.


"طبقۀ ملوك عثمانيان بونلرك اجدادى آل سلجوق ايله تركستاندن خروج ايدوب خراسان وعراق وازربيجان وسائر ممالكى مسخر ايدوب يوز يتمش يل اخلاص وعيد الجواز نام مقامده اولوب ..."


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Genealogical diagram preceded by introductory text in 21 lines.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Ottoman hand in a medium line ; characteristically serifless with effect of words inclining to the right and descending to baseline, elongation and contrasting thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing mainly in conjoined dots, final or free-standing nūn with point set above or just inside wide, dramatically angled bowl, freely ligatured.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening of scroll, consisting of small rectangular piece with two empty cartouches surmounted by large, elaborate spray of plumes, leaves, floral bouquets and ribbons in varied shades of blue, lavender, pink, red, yellow and green on a stippled gold ground, bordered in bands of pink, blue, white and gold ; interior of leather wrap surrounding the scroll appears just above this headpiece and carries in a rectangular field of stippled gold a composition of similar motifs with large central floral bouquet (in shades of pink, blue, lavender, yellow, etc.) set in a basket with plumes / leaves (in shades of lavender and white) at the four corners, surrounded by pattern of flowers and saz leaves in gold on a light blue ground ; introductory text and field of genealogical diagrams surrounded by gold frame ; names of sultans in opening three lengths of paper appear in roundels bordered in gold bands with outermost red and blue rules, with names of siblings, offspring, etc. in roundels of red and gold rules, all linked by further lines in gold or red ; names in final length of paper bordered in roundels of gold bands and black fillets only, with gold bands linking them ; textual dividers in the form of gold discs in opening lengths of paper ; keywords and dates rubricated throughout.


European laid paper of two main types, in several lengths glued together ; three opening lengths in a type with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical, i.e. along the length), chain lines spaced 28-31 mm. apart (horizontal, i.e. across the width), and watermark with three points only partially visible, resembling star (compare no.559 dated 1772 in Nikolaev, Watermarks of the Ottman Empire, vol.1) or possibly foolscap or crozier ; final length in type with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, i.e. across the width), chain lines spaced 27-29 mm. apart (vertical, i.e. along the length), and watermark of eagle with wings and legs spread, "G F [A]" below ; all highly sized and burnished.


Wrapped in a length of layered paper attached to the opening of the roll, covered in spring green silk and red leather tooled in exquisite vegetal design (swirling leaves and flowers set in almond-shaped form) in two contrasting shades of gold (compare design on cover of Isl. Ms. 276) with wide, heavy woven silk ribbon wound to secure it ; narrow wooden dowel is affixed to the inner end of the roll ; roll comprised of four main lengths of paper with additional length lining the interior of the leather wrap ; housed in custom box for protection.

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Culmination with Sultan Abdülmecid I suggests a dating during his reign (i.e. 1839-1861) though bulk of roll (three opening lengths through Sultan Mustafa III, r.1757-1774) possibly produced earlier, even during his reign. Final length certainly produced at a different time than the opening lengths with a different paper, narrower written area, wider gold frames, and exclusive use of gold bands (and wreath motifs) and black fillets to set off and join roundels.

Ownership and History:

Clean copy.

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Deny, J. "ʿAbd al-Mad̲j̲īd I." In EI2.Brocade of the pen : the art of Islamic writing. Carol Garrett Fisher, ed. (East Lansing, MI: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 1991),no.1, 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):1-17Binney, Edwin, 3rd. Turkish treasures from the collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd. (Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 1979),no.96, pp.144-145, 169Nikolaev, Vsevolod. Watermarks of the mediaeval Ottoman documents in Bulgarian libraries. Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, volume 1. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1954.

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Posted by evyn on May 3, 2012
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS

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yasarsimsek on whole page :

this manuscprit a silsile-name about I.Abdülmecid. I can read this silsine-name but ı don’t know is there any academical studies this. How can i learn this?

April 30, 2014 1:57 pm

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