Folio with the Hilyah and a View of Mecca

Location: Ottoman Turkey


ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper

Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.5cm

Accession Number: CAL 452

Other Notes:

The detached folio probably comes from a manuscript containing a selection of prayers and Qur’anic verses (an‘am), of a type which was particularly associated with the Ottomans. The recto has the hilyah of the Prophet and a depiction of the muhr al-nubuwwah (the ‘Seal of Prophethood’). The verso has a view of the Holy Sanctuary at Mecca, which was probably accomapnied by a view of the Prophet’s mosque in Medina on the facing page, in the manner of Ottoman copies of the Dala‘il al-khayrat.


written in thulth and ghubar scripts


N.F. Safwat, The Art of the Pen. Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume V, London 1996, cat.8, p.54.