Lot n° 138
1000 - 1200
Panneau de soie brodé de calligraphie, signé par Sami
Turkey, Ottoman art, dated 1290 H./1873-74
Text: Ya Sayyed Hathrat Ahmad al-Rifa'i (Praise to Imam Ahmad Rifa'i).
Arabic calligraphy in ornamental thuluth, embroidered with gold metallic threads and cabochons, on a black silk background. Framed under glass.
Embroidery : 32 x 25 cm ; With the frame : 47 x 40.5 cm
Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, London, April 24, 2002, lot 149,
Ahmed al-Rifa'i (1118-1182) was the founder of the Rifa'iyya Sufi order. Ibn Khallikan presents him, in his work "Wafayat al-Aʿyan" (Biographical Dictionary), as an eminent Shafi'i jurist and a great Sufi spiritual master. He is known for his "Hikam" (Wisdoms), a collection of sayings and advice for his followers, and "Nidam al-khas li Ahl al-ikhtisas", a précis on the behavior that is recommended to the Sufi to adopt in his relationship with God.
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