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An Ottoman carved wood panel depicting the imperial coat of arms of Sultan Abdulhamid II (r.1876-1909), Turkey, late 19th century
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An Ottoman carved wood panel depicting the imperial coat of arms of Sultan Abdulhamid II (r.1876-1909), Turkey, late 19th century
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An Ottoman carved wood panel depicting the imperial coat of arms of Sultan Abdulhamid II (r.1876-1909), Turkey, late 19th century
carved in high relief, featuring the imperial coat of arms of Sultan Abdulhamid II, crowned by his tughra, with symbolic arrows, flags and weapons for the army and navy, books and scales, in wooden frame with suspension hook
49.5 by 44.2 by 4cm. max.
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Catalogue Note

Dating back to the thirteenth century, each Sultan of the Ottoman Empire had a distinct monogram known as tughra, a calligraphic emblem which became a symbol of the state and evolved over time. Tughra stamps were used on a variety of objects such as coins and official correspondence in order to guarantee authenticity. Some tughras were also placed above entrances of palatial chambers and on ships of the Ottoman naval forces, often carved on wood. Similar examples are preserved in Istanbul’s Naval Museum.

Sultan Abdulhamid II, a master carpenter, produced a comparable imperial coat of arms located in the main reading room of the Rare Manuscripts Library of the Istanbul University. Founded by him, the library was originally located in the Yildiz Palace, and later moved to the Istanbul University Library at Atatürk’s order. It is possible that this work was produced in the Yildiz palace workshops under his guidance.

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