A Qa'aba panel
Lot 189W
A metal-thread embroidered silk panel with the tughra of Sultan Mahmud (reigned 1808-39), made for the door of the Ra'isiyah minaret in the Holy City of Medina Ottoman Empire, circa 1808-39
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 65,000 - 98,000

Lot Details
A metal-thread embroidered silk panel with the tughra of Sultan Mahmud (reigned 1808-39), made for the door of the Ra'isiyah minaret in the Holy City of Medina
Ottoman Empire, circa 1808-39
rectangular, embroidered in silver and gilt thread and with applique panels and bands containing thuluth inscription on a black silk ground, the upper field with a roundel and crimson band, the central panel flanked by six small roundels, lower field with the tughra of the Sultan in gilt thread, ground and borders decorated with arabesques and vegetal motifs in silver and gilt thread, backed
298 x 172 cm.

Footnotes

  • The inscriptions comprise:

    In the upper roundel:
    hadihi al-sitara al-sharifah li-bab minarah al-ra'isiyah.
    In the red band:
    Qu'ran, sura al-Shu'ara (XXVI), verses 193-95.
    In the two roundels:
    The shahadah.
    In the central panel:
    Qu'ran, sura al-Baqarah (II), verse 255, ayat al-Kursi
    In the six small roundels:
    The names of the four Orthodox Caliphs and the Imams Hassan and Husain.
    In the lower cartouche:
    The tughra of Sultan Mahmud II.
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