Isl. Ms. 276


[Calligraphic Specimen,early 19th century?].[مرقع حسن الخط,اوائل القرن 19م؟].

Place/Date of Production:



12 panels :paper ;343 x 215 (200 x 113) mm.


Exquisite calligraphic specimen employing Jāmī's qaṣīdah on the basmalah for mürekkebât meșki exercises, executed by one of the students of Arabzade Mehmet Sadullah Efendi (d.1843).

Other Title(s):

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Calligraphy, Persian--Specimens.
Calligraphy, Turkish--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Persian and Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم اعظم اسماء عليم حكيم محترمان حرم انس را تازه حديثست ز عهد قديم..."


"اثر اميدى ايله عالمده ايلدم بو قطعاتي تحرير اوقور اخوان صفا تاريخن اولدى والا اثر عبد فقير ١١٥٦ "


"نوشته شد بقلم شكتسه سيد عمر سرى كيه دار ناظر ديوان دعاوى صانه الله تعالى عن النقايص والمساوى از شاكر دان حضرت استاد مكارم اعتياد صدر والاى روم ايلى مولانا محمد سعد الله افندى الشهير بعرب زاده همه كا مش بادآ آماده"


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Physical Details:

Twelve 'panels' (mounted leaves) hinged together mainly in dark pink silk ; 'pagination' in red ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals in upper outer corner of panel (frame).


Written in four lines per page with logograph for "سعي" under each line.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; exquisite specimen Ottoman calligraphy.


Written area surrounded by frame of heavy gold and colored bands (mainly in blue and red) set off by white fillets ; each specimen (kıta) set in a frame bordered in gold rules ; two specimens chrysographed ; leaves and floral sprays in blue, lavender, pink, green and gold flank colophon at close.


Written area on well-burnished paper (untinted or tinted blue, red, etc. or marbled), set in frames of embossed paper (with vegetal designs) tinted various shades (pale peach, olive green, orange, yellow, turquoise, light blue, red, dark green, etc.) with colors of facing panels matching.


Boards covered in red-brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings and lining of opening and closing panel in light blue coated and textured paper ; upper and lower covers carry exquisite tooled vegetal design (swirling leaves and flowers set off by small rosette stamps surrounding central almond-shaped form) in contrasting shades of gold, set in gold tooled borders (also in contrasting colors) in a series of s-shaped stamps and rosettes ; panels edged in red-brown leather with gold-painted rule borders and hinged together with dark pink silk ; overall in good condition ; repairs in Japanese paper (rebacked).

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As appears in colophon on final panel, executed by Ömer Sırrı, one of the students of Mehmet Sadullah Efendi, known as Arabzade. Date of transcription not specified, but likely during Ömer Sırrı's training and thus before the death of Arabzade Mehmet Sadullah Efendi.

Ownership and History:

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 Ömer Sırrı, calligrapher. 04 عمر سرى، خطاط.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


University of Michigan Library. Manuscripts & papyri : an exhibition arranged for the XXVII International Congress of Orientalists, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 13-19, 1967. (Ann Arbor, MI [?], 1967),no.29, p.8Brocade of the pen : the art of Islamic writing. Carol Garrett Fisher, ed. (East Lansing, MI: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 1991),no.15, p.84Zakariya, 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.102-103Çiğ, Kemal. Türk kitap kapları. ([İstanbul]: Yapı ve Kredi Bankası, [1971]),Resim XXX, p.56Binney, Edwin, 3rd. Turkish treasures from the collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd. (Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 1979), no. 76,, pp.144-145, 169

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Posted by evyn on May 16, 2012
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS, Turkish MSS

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