Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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An Ottoman Genealogical Scroll , in Arabic

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Est: £2000–3000

An Ottoman Genealogical Scroll , in Arabic, decorated manuscript on paper [Ottoman Turkey, c. 1700]

Scroll now in 2 continuous parts, the larger of the two comprising 16 sheets measuring 6700 mm in length. and the second 2 sheets measuring 950 mm., incomplete at beginning and end of scroll (probably wanting about 2 sheets at each end), text in black naskh script, names appearing in red circles connected by red lines showing lineage, contemporary annotations throughout providing historical notes and references, some early water-staining, some fraying edges and tears with early twentieth-century repairs, in total: 7650 by 310 mm.

In the sixteenth century, the Ottoman elites adapted a Persian genealogical models to display their dynastic links to earlier Islamic dynasties, beginning with Adam and continuing to the prophets and caliphs up to the earliest Ottoman Sultans. They were popular and many were produced with a variety of genealogical traditions.

The present example is a lesser known variant, including the Chingizids and the Mongol Khans (originating with Ghenghis). It presently ends imperfectly with Selim I, who began his nine year reign in 1512, and the missing section most probably would have extended the lines down to Mustafa II. The only other scroll with this lineage known to us is the seventeenth-century scroll, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, their 67.272 (see G. Meredith-Owens in Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art , 1972, p. 89). Other, related scrolls have appeared on the market in Christie's, 7 April 2011, lot 349, and 11 April 2014, lot 251, as well as Sotheby’s, 9 October 2013, lot 56.

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

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