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TXT 255
TXT 255

Curtain (Sitarah) from the Prophet’s Mosque at Medina

TXT 255

probably Istanbul

period of the Ottoman sultan Mahmud II (1808–1839)

TXT 255

Curtain (Sitarah) from the Prophet’s Mosque at Medina

TXT 255

probably Istanbul

period of the Ottoman sultan Mahmud II (1808–1839)

black silk, with coloured silk appliqués; embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire, over padding of cotton thread

262 x 146cm

The signature cartouche of Sultan Mahmud II appears at the top of the curtain, above the point of the arch. It reads, katabahu (‘written by’) al-Ghazi (‘The Warrior for the Faith’) Mahmud ibn ‘Abdulhamid Khan. His tughra, with his soubriquet ‘Adli (‘The Just’), appears at the lower end of the curtain.