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Title: Calligraphic Panel
Location: Ottoman Turkey
Materials: gold and opaque watercolour on ultramarine-coated paper
Dimensions: 32.5 x 50.2cm
Accession Number: CAL 312
The first line is a hadith of the Prophet, ‘My intercession will be for those of my community who committed great sins.’ In the second line the calligrapher – Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808–1839) – begs for the intercession of the Prophet.
The sultan’s signature, which is in tughra form inside a wreath, is said to have been designed by Mustafa Rakim, who was calligraphy teacher to Sultan Mahmud and who is said to have supervized the finishing of some of his pupil’s work. [see CAL 334]
written in jali thulth
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.92, pp.156 and 159.