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Calligraphic Galleon

'Abd al-Qadir Hisari

Object Name:
Illustrated single work
Date:
dated A.H. 1180/ A.D. 1766–67
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink and gold on paper
Dimensions:
H. 19 in. (48.3 cm) W. 17 in. (43.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.241
  • Description

    The hull of this sailing ship comprises the names of the Seven Sleepers and their dog. The tale of the Seven Sleepers, found in pre-Islamic Christian sources, concerns a group of men who sleep for centuries within a cave, protected by God from religious persecution. Both hadith (sayings of the Prophet), and tafsir (commentaries on the Qur'an) suggest that these verses from the Qur'an have protective qualities.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: 'Abd al-Qadir Hisari

    Inscription: Inscription in at upper-left corner:
    كتبه الفقيرالمذنب عبد القادر الحصاري في السا کین(?) اناطولى سنة ١١٨٠
    Written by the poor sinner ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Hisari living in [?] Anatolia [in the] year A.H. 1180 [A.D. 1766 – 67]

    Inscription in gold, forming the hull and deck of the ship, the names of the Seven Sleepers along with their dog Qitmir;
    on the stern within a gold disk, the tughra of the Ottoman sultan

    Inscription below the tughra:
    السلطان بن السلطان السلطان مصطفى خان بن السلطان احمد خان
    The Sultan, son of the Sultan, the Sultan Mustafa [III] Khan, son of the Sultan Ahmad [III] Khan

    Inscribed in Arabic on the flagpole: [Qur’an 2:255 (the “Throne Verse”)]

    Inscription in Ottoman Turkish on the waves of the sea, a prose text relating to navigation and the sea; in larger script,
    framing the image, poetic verses in Ottoman Turkish
    Inscription in Arabic in smaller script, framing the image:
    اللهم صل علی سیدنا محمد و علی آل محمد سید الفائزین
    May God bless our Master Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad, Master of the Victors

  • Provenance

    [ Ciancimino & Co, London, in 1965]; [ Francesca Galloway,London, until 2003; sold to MMA]

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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