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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 389

    AN OTTOMAN METAL THREAD EMBROIDERED ROUNDEL

    EGYPT OR TURKEY, LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN OTTOMAN METAL THREAD EMBROIDERED ROUNDEL
    EGYPT OR TURKEY, LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY
    Of circular form, the centre with the word Allah heavily and elegantly embroidered with brass thread on a ground of silver and brass embroidered zig-zags, around this a border of silver and brass reciprocal palmettes, some tarnishing of silver thread and wear around the edges
    71 7/8in. (182.6cm.) diam.


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    Placed either on walls, pendentives or hung from columns where they were easily visible, calligraphic roundels, such as the present, bearing the names of God, Muhammad, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, as well as Hassan and Husayn adorn a number of Ottoman mosques. The names of God and the Prophet Muhammad were usually placed to the right and left of the mihrab respectively and the caliphs in chronological sequence thereafter, with the earliest positioned closest to the mihrab (Stephen Vernoit, Occidentalism, Oxford, 1997, no. 1, p.17). To the left of the word 'Allah here is the phrase jalla jalaluhu ('May his Glory be exalted').

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