John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Art on Sunday: Tughra of Sultan Sulaiman the Magnificent

Tughra of Sultan Sulaiman the Magnificent, mid-16th century
Ink, colors, and gold on paper
Tughra of Sultan Sulaiman the Magnificent
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Later this morning, I'll be helping to lead the children's Religious Exploration class at church. We use a curriculum called A World of New Friends: An Introduction to World Religions; today's featured religion is Islam, so I thought I'd post a bit of Islamic art. Per Wikipedia, a tughra is a imperial insignia of an Ottoman sultan; it was affixed to all official documents and correspondence, carved on his official seal, and stamped on the coins minted during his reign.

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