AN ILLUMINATED RUZNAME (ALMANAC OR CALENDAR), COPIED BY SULEYMAN KNOWN AS HIKMATI, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
AN ILLUMINATED RUZNAME (ALMANAC OR CALENDAR), COPIED BY SULEYMAN KNOWN AS HIKMATI, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
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AN ILLUMINATED RUZNAME (ALMANAC OR CALENDAR), COPIED BY SULEYMAN KNOWN AS HIKMATI, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

AN ILLUMINATED RUZNAME (ALMANAC OR CALENDAR), COPIED BY SULEYMAN KNOWN AS HIKMATI, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot Details

Description

AN ILLUMINATED RUZNAME (ALMANAC OR CALENDAR), COPIED BY SULEYMAN KNOWN AS HIKMATI, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Arabic and Ottoman Turkish on vellum, text and tables written horizontally and vertically in naskh in black and red ink, columns ruled in gold, on a wooden spool with two amber terminals


10.2 by 75cm.

Condition Report

The top restored, some losses to the illumination, smudges, and stains, as viewed.


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Cataloguing

Literature

N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.79, pp.294-5.

Catalogue Note

Ruznames, literally ‘Book of Days’, were calendars which provided tables of times of prayers for each month, as well as the length of day and night and when the sun is in the direction of Mecca. Written usually on vellum and of pocket size, they were intended to be portable objects. For additional information see Rogers 1995, pp.118-9.


The same scribe is recorded in a ruzname sold at Bonhams London, 1 May 2003, lot 72 (dated 1223 AH/1808 AD), whilst another is in the John Rylands University Library (published in Schmidt 2011, pp.261-2, no.157), dated 1199 AH/1784-85 AD and another offered at Christie's London, 28 November 1983, lot 107.

THE SHAKERINE COLLECTION: Calligraphy in Qur’ans and other Manuscripts
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