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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 382

    A CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL

    SIGNED ZÜHDI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1000 (1592 AD)

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    A CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL
    SIGNED ZÜHDI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1000 (1592 AD)
    Ink on paper heightened with gold, with two lines of elegant black naskh within gold margins, the interstices with gold foliage, smaller naskh inscription below, laid down on pink, blue and turquoise marbled mounts, mounted, framed and glazed
    Calligraphic panel 8 x 5¾in. (20.4 x 14.6cm.); folio 10¾ x 8 1/8in. (27.4 x 20.6cm.)


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    The text here translates: 'Two things in the world are enough for you, the companionship of a dervish, and the veneration of a saint'. These words are attributed to Abd al-Qadir al-Kaylani (d. 1166 AD), the founder of the Qadiriyya order of dervishes (Sevket Rado, Turk Hattatlari, Istanbul, p. 186 and Süleyman Berk, Hattat Mustafa Rakim Efendi, Istanbul 2003, p. 33).

    Isma'il Zühdi (who carries the honorific Reis al-Khattatin, Head of the Calligraphers) was a teacher of calligraphy at the Topkapi palace, and the principle teacher and older brother of the celebrated Ottoman calligrapher, Mustafa Raqim Effendi. Four calligraphic panels by Isma'il Zühdü are in the Sabanci collection in Istanbul, as well as in the Topkapi Saray Museum, and in the Museum of Islamic Calligraphy - also in Istanbul (Abdulkadir Karahan, Sabanci Hat Kolleksiyonu - The Sabanci Collection of Calligraphy, Istanbul 1985, plate 15).
    He is buried in the cemetery of Edirnekapi in Istanbul.

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