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TURKEY, OTTOMAN ART, DATED 1593-94 Ink, gouache and gold on paper. Calligraphy mounted on an album page (qit'a), comprising Arabic verses attributed to Imam 'Ali, in two large lines of thuluth in reserve on a background of gilded floral scrolls and clouds "tchi" on a cobalt-blue background, on either side of three lines in naskh, themselves framed by two slanting cartouches of two lines in riqa', dated 1002H./1593-94. The border is decorated with gold scrolls on a salmon background. The whole is mounted on a cardboard album page with gold powdered margins, with wear and tear formerly restored in the lower part. AN ILLUMINATED CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL (QIT'A), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED: 1593-94. Page size: 15 x 23.3 cm; page size: 26 x 37 cm. A qit'a (or kit'a in Turkish) is a small, usually rectangular, calligraphic work in which two scripts are usually used. The graphic design of this qit'a is very balanced. The combination of scrolls of flowers and 'tchi' clouds can be found on many 16th-century manuscript frontispieces, such as a Qur'an from the Sabanci collection (exhibition catalogue, Ottoman Calligraphy. Collection du musée Sakip Sabanci, Université Sabanci, Istanbul, Musée du Louvre Paris, 2000, cat. 5, p. 54) or a Qur'an from the Musée du Louvre (exhibition catalogue, Istanbul, Isfahan, Delhi, 3 Capitals of Islamic Art, Masterpieces from the Louvre collection, Sabanci University, Istanbul, 2008, cat. 1, p. 89, inv. no. 6261), and also on bindings from the same period, such as those in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul (exhibition catalogue, The Anatolian Civilisations, volume III, Seljuk/Ottoman, Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, 1983, cat. E.124, E.182 and E.316, pp. 185, 221 and 292). Expert : L.S.
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