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An Alif-Ba mufredat, copied by Yahya ibn Osman, Turkey, Ottoman, dated 1148 AH/1735-36 AD
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
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An Alif-Ba mufredat, copied by Yahya ibn Osman, Turkey, Ottoman, dated 1148 AH/1735-36 AD
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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An Alif-Ba mufredat, copied by Yahya ibn Osman, Turkey, Ottoman, dated 1148 AH/1735-36 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 18 leaves plus 5 fly-leaves, 6 lines to the page, 15 leaves with tables containing letter combinations, written in fine naskh in black ink, ruled in gold, black and red, titles in gold thuluth, the opening double page with illuminated headings and margins decorated with polychrome flowers, in brown leather binding decorated with a central geometric medallion
23.5 by 16.4cm.


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Catalogue Note

Nicknamed Sari (yellow) because of the colour of his hair or complexion, Yahya ibn Osman (d.1756) is also known as Yahya Fahreddin. He studied calligraphy under Anbarizade Dervish Ali and later Huseyn Habli and was granted a license (ijazeh) in 1723 (Derman 2010, p.242).

A Qur’an signed by him and dated 1146 AH/1733 AD is illustrated in Derman 2010 (59th Qur’an, now in a Private collection); another one dated 1157 AH/1744 AD is in the Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (Derman 1998, p.84), and a prayer book dated 1140 AH/1727 AD was sold in these rooms 8 October 2014, lot 56. The scribe also designed the inscriptions at the Atif Efendi Library in Vefa, the Imperial Cannon Foundry and the Nuruosmaniye Mosque.

Mufradat, (alphabetical) exercises started to be common from the seventeenth century onwards and were used to introduce students to Arabic and the rules of calligraphy. Yahya ibn Osman was renowned for his attention to the hareke (vocalisation signs which facilitate reading) which are carefully inscribed in each table of this Mufradat.

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