Manuscript of the Zubdat al-Tarikh (Essence of History)

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Manuscript of the Zubdat al-Tarikh (Essence of History)

Turkey, first half of 17th century
Manuscripts; codices
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
10 7/16 x 6 3/8 x 1/4 in. (26.50 x 16.20 x 0.70 cm)
The Edwin Binney, 3rd, Collection of Turkish Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (M.85.237.38)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

This manuscript belongs to the genealogical genre of Ottoman literature....
This manuscript belongs to the genealogical genre of Ottoman literature. Its specific format, with key figures enclosed within small interconnected medallions, is based on early fifteenth-century examples from Timurid Iran, which the Ottomans employed to illustrate their own dynasty’s alleged descent from the prophet Muhammad, in the process including Adam, biblical patriarchs, the caliphs, and even Genghis Khan and his descendants, all of whose purported relationship to the Ottomans would support their claims to legitimacy and rule. Because the last sultan shown is Ibrahim (r. 1640–48), the manuscript must date from before 1648.
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Bibliography

  • Lo Terrenal y lo Divino: Arte Islámico siglos VII al XIX Colección del Museo de Arte del Condado de Los Ángeles. Santiago: Centro Cultural La Moneda, 2015.

  • Denny, Walter B.  Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edward Binney, 3rd.  Portland, OR:  Portland Art Museum, 1979.
  • Lo Terrenal y lo Divino: Arte Islámico siglos VII al XIX Colección del Museo de Arte del Condado de Los Ángeles. Santiago: Centro Cultural La Moneda, 2015.

  • Denny, Walter B.  Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edward Binney, 3rd.  Portland, OR:  Portland Art Museum, 1979.
  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Thomas W. Lentz, Sheila R. Canby, Edwin Binney, 3rd, Walter B. Denny, and Stephen Markel. "Arts from Islamic Cultures: Los Angeles County Museum of Art." Arts of Asia 17, no. 6 (November/December 1987): 73-130.

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