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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM (MURAQQA)

    SIGNED HAFIZ 'OTHMAN, TURKEY, LATE 17TH CENTURY

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    AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC ALBUM (MURAQQA)
    SIGNED HAFIZ 'OTHMAN, TURKEY, LATE 17TH CENTURY
    Hadith, Arabic manuscript on paper concertina bound, 8ff. each with one line of large black thuluth and 5ll. of black naskh, gold and polychrome markers, all text laid down within gold frames with blue margins laid down silver speckled paper, last folio with signature of Hafiz 'Othman, later 18th century gold and polychrome illumination, some creases, minor scuffing, binding with marbled paper covers with gilt leather morocco borders
    Text panel 3¾ x 6 1/8in. (9.6 x 15.6cm.); folio 6¾ x 9¼in. (17.3 x 23.4cm.)


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    Born in Istanbul, 'Othman bin 'Ali, better known as Hafiz 'Othman (d. 1698 AD), flourished under the patronage of the Grand Vizier Koprulu-zadeh Mustafa Pasha. He practised calligraphy with the Dervish 'Ali the Elder (d. 1673 AD), Suyolcu-zade Mustafa Eyyubi Effendi (d. 1685 AD) and Nefes-zade Isma'il Effendi (d. 1679 AD). In the year 1694, he was appointed the calligraphy teacher of Sultan Mustafa II. He also taught Sultan Ahmed III before he came to power. He was a member of the Sunbuliye order, based in the dervish-lodge in the region of Koca-Mustafa-Pasha in Istanbul. The famous 18th century calligrapher Cinici-zade Abdurrahman Effendi (d. 1724 AD) was in his service and used to prepare 'Othman's writing tools. Rado, referring to Mstaqim-zadeh's Tuhfe-i Hatte ('The Rare and Valuable Lives of the Calligraphers'), notes that 'Othman was regarded as the 'Second Sheikh' (after Sheikh Hamdullah). He is known to have inscribed twenty-five copies of the Qur'an. There are some thirty albums and many other works by him in the collections of the Topkapi Palace and Royal Ottoman libraries as well as in other public and private collections. He is also celebrated as the inventor of the hilyeh panel, the verbal portraits of the Prophet Muhammad which were in demand in the late 18th and 19th centuries (Sevket Rado, Turk Hattatlari (Turkish Calligraphers), Istanbul 1980, p. 109-14). Another muraqqa signed by Hafiz 'Othman was sold i these Rooms, 7 October 2008, lot 372.

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