An illuminated levha with the name of the celebrated Sufi Sayyid Abu'l Hasan 'Ali ash-Shadhili incorporated into an Imperial tughra, signed by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmad III (reg. 17031730)
Ottoman Turkey, Constantinople, dated AH 1138/ AD 1725-26
black ink with some colour and gold, on a rectangular panel of speckled cream-coloured thick paper, borders ruled in gold and black, inner spaces of tughra filled with intertwining gilt vegetal motifs interspersed with deep red flower heads decorated with blue dots, flanked by two European-style floral sprays possibly added at a later date, some discoloration, two holes repaired otherwise in good condition, laid down with some creasing on a rectangular wood panel, outer borders decorated with an undulating gilt tulip motif, backed with red velvet
paper 210 x 351 mm.; panel 276 x 414 mm.