• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 208

    SEVEN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC EXERCISES (MASHQ)

    ONE PANEL BY MUSTAFA DADA, OTTOMAN TURKEY, 16TH CENTURY AND LATER

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    SEVEN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC EXERCISES (MASHQ)
    ONE PANEL BY MUSTAFA DADA, OTTOMAN TURKEY, 16TH CENTURY AND LATER
    Each panel with dense thuluth and or naskh script with occasional gold and polychrome roundels and floral sprays, one panel on silver-sprinkled paper, five laid down between gold and/or polychrome rules on marbled, coloured or gold-sprinkled paper, one panel with attribution to Mustafa Dada copying his father (Sheikh Hamdullah), one with later attribution to Hafiz 'Uthman on reverse, one with later attribution to 'Afif Ibrahim
    Largest panel 6 x 8½in. (15.3 x 21.6cm.) (7)


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    Mustafa Dada was born in AH 900/1495 AD and died in AH 945/1538 AD. He spent all his life in Üsküdar, apart from performing the Hajj and spending a a short time in Egypt. He was the son and most prominent student of Sheikh Hamdullah, who named him after his own father. His grandfather (Sheikh Mustafa Dada) was a member of the Suhrawardi Sufi order and emigrated from Bukhara to Amasya in Anatolia where Sheikh Hamdullah was born in around 1429. He was the calligraphy master at the Ottoman palace under Sultan Bayezid II and he was able to elaborate a style of his own. He became known as the calligrapher's lodestar (Derman M.U., Letters in Gold, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1998. pp.46-49 and Nabil Safwat, The Art of the Pen, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, vol. V, Oxford, 1996, pp. 13 and 115). For a calligraphic composition by Mustafa Dada's famous father, please see lot 210.

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