A CALLIGRAPHIC EXERCISE, ATTRIBUTED TO HAFIZ OSMAN, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, LATE 17TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on cream paper, 7 lines to the page, written in thuluth in black ink, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, inscription on the reverse stating it to be the sahih (true work) of Hafiz Osman, trimmed
text panel: 12.2 by 22.8cm.
leaf: 14.5 by 23.cm.
Trimmed, with minor stains and rubbing, some smudges, as viewed.
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Sold in these rooms, 11 October 1996, lot 172.
Hafiz Osman (d.1698) is considered one of the greatest calligraphers of seventeenth century. Born in Istanbul in 1642, he worked under the patronage of the Grand Vizier Koprulu-zadeh Mustafa Pasha and was a member of the Sunbuliye order, based in the dervish-lodge in the region of Koca-Mustafa-Pasha in Istanbul. He was the teacher of Sultan Mustafa II (r.1695-1703) and the young Ahmad III (r.1703-30) before he came to power. A panel signed by him sold in these rooms, 7 October 2009, lot 56.