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CAL 452 recto & verso
CAL 452 recto & verso

Folio with the Hilyah and a View of Mecca

CAL 452

Ottoman Turkey

18th century

CAL 452 recto & verso

Folio with the Hilyah and a View of Mecca

CAL 452

Ottoman Turkey

18th century

ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper

written in thulth and ghubar scripts

12.5 x 8.5cm

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.

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.