Masterpieces from the SSM Collections in Bahrain

Masterpieces from the SSM Collections on the ‘Five Hundred Years of Islamic Calligraphy’ Exhibition at the National Museum of Bahrain

The National Museum of Bahrain is hosting an exhibition consisting of masterpieces from the Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection and the Painting Collection of the Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The exhibition called ‘Five Hundred Years of Islamic Calligraphy’, comprising of valuable manuscripts, samples of Islam calligraphy and binding, documents of diplomacy and imperial orders starting with the Sultan’s monogram and materials used by calligraphers will be open between 19 January and 13 April 2014. The exhibition consists of 86 works, oil paintings depicting calligraphy as well as works of the arts of books between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries. Special programs prepared by the education department of SSM and documentaries on the art of calligraphy will be available to the visitors during the exhibition.

Writing box
18th century 41 x 20 x 22 cm
Wood, tortoiseshell, mother of pearl, ivory, ebony
SSM 195-0568

Mid-18th century 34 x 7.5 x 7 cm
Silver, gold
SSM 195-0040

Hilye-i Şerif Calligraphy by Hasan Rıza(d.1920),
107 x 74.5 cm; sülüs and nesih scripts
Paper, ink, coloured paint, gold
SSM 140-0113

Calligraphic composition
Calligraphy by Yedikuleli Seyyid Abdullah (d.1731), early 18th century
14 x 21.7 cm; sülüs and nesih scripts
Sized paper, black ink, paint, gold
SSM 110-0132

Calligraphy by Yusuf, known by the cognoment Demircikulu(d.1611), evail Cemaziyülâhir 977 / mid-November 1569
21.3 x 12.5 cm; 370 folios, nesih and rıka scripts, 13 lines per page
Sized paper, black and white ink, coloured paint, gold
SSM 100-0365

Elif-Ba(Alphabet book)
Calligraphy by Mustafa Vâsıf (d.1853), c.1840
22.3 x 16 cm; 18 folios, nesih script, Varying numbers of lines per page
Sized paper, black ink, gold
SSM 190-0410

Calligraphy by Mustafa İzzet (d.1876), Muharrem 1253 / April 1837 Illumination by Hasan, 1256/1840-41
17.5 x 10.7 cm; 308 folios, hurde talik script, 15 lines per page
Sized paper, black ink, coloured paint, gold
SSM 100-0281

Berat (title of privilege) in the name of Sokollu Mehmed Paşa
Tuğra of Sultan Murad III(r.1574-95) Dated 21-30 Recep 983 / 26 October - 4 November 1575
130.3 x 33.5 cm; celi divani script, 9 lines Paper, ink, gold
SSM 160-0029

Calligraphic panel with gilded lettering
Calligraphy by Mustafa Rakım(d.1826)
48 x 58 cm; celi sülüs script Cloth, gold ink
SSM 130-0073

The Artist Girl and Her Studio
Halil Paşa(d.1939)
41 x 33 cm Oil on canvas
SSM 200-0259

The Petition Writer
Osman Hamdi Bey(d.1910)
110 x 77 cm Oil on canvas
SSM 200-0089

Mosque Gate
Prince Abdülmecid Efendi (d.1944)
131.5 x 83.5 cm Oil on canvas
SSM 200-0099