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  • The Great Abu Sa'ud Teaching Law: Folio from the Divan of Mahmud 'Abd al–Baqi, Ottoman period (ca. 1299–1923), mid–16th century
    Turkey
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm), W. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
    Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925 (25.83.9)

    Mahmud 'Abd al-Baqi (1526/27–1600) was a Turkish judge and poet whose most important work is his Divan, or collection of poetical works, which reflects the pleasures of courtly life in Istanbul in the sixteenth century. This is a page from one of the four known illustrated copies of this manuscript. It shows the Shaikh al-Islam (chief theologian) of that time, Abu al-Sa‘ud (1490–1574), engaged in discussions with other theologians, and accompanies a qasida, or laudatory poem, about him.

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  • The Great Abu Sa'ud Teaching Law: Folio from the Divan of Mahmud 'Abd al-Baqi, Ottoman period (ca. 1299–1923), mid-16th century
    Turkey
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm), W. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
    Gift of George D. Pratt, 1925 (25.83.9)

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