Attributed to Istanbul, Turkey / Single work / 16th centuryAttributed to Istanbul, Turkey
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16th century

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Creator Qualifier: Attributed to
Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Turkish
Creator Active Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Creator Name-CRT: Attributed to Istanbul, Turkey
Title: Single work
Title Type: Object name
Title: Tughra of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-66)
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1500
Creation End Date: 1599
Creation Date: 16th century
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Codex
Materials and Techniques: Gouache and gold leaf on paper
Dimensions: 20 1/2 x 25 3/8 in. (52.1 x 64.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 38.149.1
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1938

A peculiarly Ottoman Turkish phenomenon is the calligraphic 'tughra' ('handsign'), unique to each sultan, which gives his name and titles and appears at the head of every firman (royal edict). The spectacularly bold calligraphy contrasts with the dense yet delicate flowering plants, arabesques, and floral scrolls.

AMICA ID: MMA_.38.149.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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