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Empire of the Sultans

Empire of the Sultans


Ottoman art from the collection of Nasser D. Khalili


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Empire of the Sultans


 

Empire of the Sultans : Ottoman art from the collection of Nasser D. Khalili
285 pages
color photos
Soft cover
31 x 24 cm
1,695 kg
English

The Turkish holdings in the Khalili Collection constitute the most comprehensive collection of Ottoman art outside Turkey, with examples from the 15th to the early 20th centuries. The Collection is especially strong on calligraphy, and provides an important corrective to the Western view of Ottoman art as consisting principally of ceramics and textiles.

The written word is shown in the many aspects it assumed within the empire, religious, administrative and cultural: as the vehicle of the Qur'anic text, as mosque decoration or in the literature of dervish orders; in works of science and geography; in royal decrees and genealogies; and as presented in the hands of some of the greatest calligraphers of the Empire. Weaponry, scientific instruments, calligrapher's tools and metalwork are also represented, together with bookbindings, carpets, textiles and pottery.