The Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection

At its 10th anniversary, S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is re-launching its ‘The Arts of the Book and the Calligraphy Collection’ at Atlı Köşk (Horse Mansion) with a new design and a contemporary display approach as of 10th of May. SSM digitalized its collections and archive to provide a detailed look at the valuable and rare manuscripts of the Turkish and Islamic Art. Interactive methods in the exhibition halls, such as the animations that linked to iPad applications with ‘augmented reality’, offer unusual experiences to visitors.

Sakıp Sabancı Collection of the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy consists of more than 200 examples of illuminated Korans, prayer books, calligraphic compositions, albums and panels written by well-known calligraphers, illuminated official documents bearing the imperial cipher of the Ottoman sultans as well as calligrapher’s tools, all produced during a period extending from the end of the 14th century to the 20th century. With the vision to spread traditional arts, SSM also includes some unique artwork from contemporary artists. In this context, with the new presentation of the collection, the calligraphic composition referring calligraphy exercises of Ahmet Oran dated 2005-2006 greets the visitors. Turkey’s one of the most renowned contemporary artist Kutluğ Ataman’s video, reminding the calligraphic mirror compositions known as müsenna or aynalı reveals the link of the exhibition to contemporary arts. The special exhibition catalogue is also published in Turkish and English for the enthusiasts who wish to examine closely the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection. Within the framework of the exhibition, a documentary film—showing the manuscript book production in all its phases—realized with the collaboration of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and the Sakıp Sabancı Museum aims at informing the visitors about this difficult creation process.

Calligrapher's writing box with landscape, Early 19th century, SSM 195-0573

Writing set consisting of inkwells and ewer bearing the tuğra of Sultan Abdülmecid (r. 1839-61), 19th century, SSM 195-0551_0555

Pencase known as divit, 18th century, SSM 195-0040

Reed pens, 19th century, SSM 195-0548

Calligrapher's writing box, 18th century, SSM 195-0567

Calligraphic panel with gilded lettering Celi sülüs script, Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808-39) ‘My achievement derives only from God’, SSM 130-0109

Calligraphic panel with gilded lettering Celi sülüs script, Mustafa Rakım (d. 1826) ‘There is no god but God. He is my lord and lord of the worlds. Muhammad is my prophet. May prayers and salutations be upon him’, SSM 130-0073

Mirrored inscription with gilded lettering Celi sülüs script Mehmed Şefik (d. 1880) 1286/1869-70 ‘There is no god but God, who is my lord and lord of the worlds’ SSM 130-0245

Album Sülüs and nesih scripts Hafız Osman (d. 1698) Couplets from Muhammed bin Said el-Busirî’s (d. 1296?) Kasidetü’l-Bürde, a eulogy for the Prophet Muhammad SSM 120-0334

Calligraphic panel with gilded lettering Celi sülüs script Sami Efendi (d. 1912) 1318/1900-01 ‘Success is owing to God’ and ‘What a sublime Lord and what an excellent friend’ SSM 130-0230

Hilye-i Şerif Muhakkak, sülüs and nesih scripts Mehmed Şefik (d. 1880) 1270/1853-54 SSM 140-0093

Album of calligraphic exercises Talik script Probably by Yesari Mehmed Esad (d. 1798) SSM 120-0347

Kıt’a Sülüs and nesih scripts İsmail Zühdî (d. 1806) Late 18th century SSM 110-0128

Mezopotamya Dramaturjileri / Su, no. 5 Kufi script Kutluğ Ataman (1961-) 2009 SSM 300-0001

Diploma master-piece Sülüs, nesih and rıka scripts Mir Mustafa Celaleddin (fl. 1853) 1270/1853-54 SSM 110-0597

Illuminated opening spread of a Koran Nesih and rıka scripts Mid-16th century SSM 100-0056

Illuminated opening spread of an Elif-Ba (an Alphabet Book) Nesih script Mustafa Vâsıf (d.1853) c. 1840 SSM 190-0410

Calligraphic exercises (karalama) Sülüs script Ahmed Karahisârî (d. 1556) SSM 190-0456

Koran Nesih and rıka scripts Yahya b. Osman (d. 1756) Kostantiniyye (Constantinople), 1157/1744-45 Illuminated by Mustafa SSM 100-0258

Kehf surah Muhakkak, sülüs and rıka scripts Kadı Mahmud (d. 1575) 966/1559 SSM 102-0210

Koran Nesih and rıka scripts Yusuf, known as Demircikulu (d. 1611) 977/1569 SSM 100-0365

Fragment of the interior cover of Kaaba Celi sülüs script Probably early 17th century SSM 196-0578

Koran Nesih and sülüs scripts c. 1500 SSM 100-0269

Kasâyid-i Efsahî der medh-i Sultan Bayezid (Odes in praise of Sultan Bayezid by Efsahî) Nestalik script Ottoman, c. 1495 SSM 190-0318

Temlikname (conveyance deed) in the name of Sitti Hatun Tuğra of Sultan Mehmed II (r. 1444-46, 1451-81) 11-20 Safer 864/7-16 December 1459 Divani script SSM 150-0165

Ferman (imperial edict) in the name of the Armenian Patriarch Tanyel (d. 1800) Tuğra of Sultan Selim III (r. 1789-1807) 14 Zilhicce 1213/19 May 1799 Divani kırması script SSM 150-0516

Koran Hurde talik script Mustafa İzzet (d. 1876) 1253/1837 Illuminated by Hasan in 1256/1840-41 SSM 100-0281

Calligraphic album Sülüs and nesih scripts Şeyh Hamdullah (d. 1520) SSM 120-0243

Third cüz of a Koran (Bakara: 253 - Âl-i İmran: 91) Muhakkak and kufi scripts Ottoman, c. 1440 SSM 102-0047

Berat (title of privilege) in the name of Sokollu Mehmed Paşa (d. 1579) Tuğra of Sultan Murad III (r. 1574-95) 21-30 Recep 983/26 October-4 November 1575 Celi divani script SSM 160-0029

Kuruluşunun 10. yılını kutlayan S. Ü. Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi (SSM), çağdaş bir tasarım ve sergileme anlayışıyla yenilenen Atlı Köşk’teki “Kitap Sanatları ve Hat Koleksiyonu”nu, 10 Mayıs’tan itibaren ziyarete açtı.