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Sotheby’s London, Arts of the Islamic World, 9 October 2013

One of the highlights of Sotheby’s Autumn sale in London of Arts of the Islamic World, on 9 October 2013, is a large Ottoman talismanic shirt (jama), from 16th/17th century Turkey, covered with text written in a variety of scripts, including thuluth, and square Kufic, in assorted colours, arranged in numerous panels, roundels, cartouches and lines. The basic layout related to other jamas of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with a large number of panels and roundels containing Qur’anic quotations, pious phrases and prayers, but in this jama their arrangement is unusually varied and inventive, with a number of distinctly Ottoman features such as the architectural references on the reverse of the jama with a large door flanked by Kufic cartouches on two sides and tilework above.

Lot 58 sotheby's

Lot 58, A Large Ottoman Talismanic shirt (Jama) with extracts from the Qur’an and prayers, Turkey, 16th/17th Century, Estimate £40,000 – £60,000

 

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