- What’s On
There is much of interest in this year’s Autumn sale for collectors of Turkish and Ottoman art: from manuscripts and Qur’ans to ceramics, textiles and armoury.
The embroidered mahmal cover shown here was originally made by order of Sultan Mahmud II (1808–39) and later reused under Sultan Muhammad V (1909–18). The mahmal is a ceremonial palanquin which accompanied the pilgrim caravan on route to Mecca during the Hajj. Produced each year, or sometimes reused like this one, it represented the authority of the Sultan over the holy places. It was mounted on the back of a camel, forming a symbolic centrepiece for the pilgrims, and housed a copy of the Qur’an.
Included in the sale are a number of early Iznik pieces such as the fluidly designed jug with dancing flowers below.