Talismanic shirts

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16th-century Ottoman talismanic shirt is covered in intricate scripts, including Muhaqqaq, Naskh, Ghubar, Thuluth and square Kufic. This shirt, with its decoration, parallels a group of similar Ottoman shirts in the Topkapi Saray Museum, all dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, with the crescent moon and cypress trees so common in 16th-century Ottoman styles (shown above from the front, below from the back).

16th-century Ottoman talismanic shirt is covered in intricate scripts, including Muhaqqaq, Naskh, Ghubar, Thuluth and square Kufic. This shirt, with its decoration, parallels a group of similar Ottoman shirts in the Topkapi Saray Museum, all dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, with the crescent moon and cypress trees so common in 16th-century Ottoman styles (shown above from the front, below from the back).

An Ottoman talismanic cotton shirt (Jama) covered with text written in a variety of scripts, including Muhaqqaq, Naskh, Ghubar, Thuluth and square Kufic, in assorted colours, arranged in numerous panels, roundels, cartouches, crescent moons, stars and cypress tree forms, the lower section with musenna-form calligraphy reserved in Thuluth script, with interstices and borders comprising interlacing foliate motifs | Turkey, 16th century

An Ottoman talismanic cotton shirt (Jama) covered with text written in a variety of scripts, including Muhaqqaq, Naskh, Ghubar, Thuluth and square Kufic, in assorted colours, arranged in numerous panels, roundels, cartouches, crescent moons, stars and cypress tree forms, the lower section with musenna-form calligraphy reserved in Thuluth script, with interstices and borders comprising interlacing foliate motifs | Turkey, 16th century

16th century Ottoman, talismanic shirt made from fine linen decorated with various suras and verses from the Koran, together with magical letters and numbers used in forecasting the future.

16th century Ottoman, talismanic shirt made from fine linen decorated with various suras and verses from the Koran, together with magical letters and numbers used in forecasting the future.

‘Tılsımlı Gömlek / Talismaic shirt’. Collarless shirt made of white, tightly-woven and thin linen. Decorated with various suras and verses from the Koran, together with magical letters and numbers used in forecasting the future. Ottoman, ca. 16th century.

‘Tılsımlı Gömlek / Talismaic shirt’. Collarless shirt made of white, tightly-woven and thin linen. Decorated with various suras and verses from the Koran, together with magical letters and numbers used in forecasting the future. Ottoman, ca. 16th century.

Ottoman talismanic shirt (Jama) with extracts from the Qur'an and prayers. Turkey, 16th / 17th century

Ottoman talismanic shirt (Jama) with extracts from the Qur'an and prayers. Turkey, 16th / 17th century

Ottoman talismanic shirt (tilsimli gömlek) Turkey, dated 991 AH/1583 AD (Sotheby’s London -- Lot 315, Sept. 2015).

Ottoman talismanic shirt (tilsimli gömlek) Turkey, dated 991 AH/1583 AD (Sotheby’s London -- Lot 315, Sept. 2015).

The enchanted shirts in the garment collection at Topkapı Palace are among the most significant cultural heritage to reach present day. These shirts are unique works of art embellished with hadiths and verses of the Kuran, making use of the arts of calligraphy and ornamentation. They were worn by OttomanSultans on their way to war for victory, for recovery from diseases and for protection against the evil eye.

The enchanted shirts in the garment collection at Topkapı Palace are among the most significant cultural heritage to reach present day. These shirts are unique works of art embellished with hadiths and verses of the Kuran, making use of the arts of calligraphy and ornamentation. They were worn by OttomanSultans on their way to war for victory, for recovery from diseases and for protection against the evil eye.

An Ottoman talismanic shirt (tilsimli gomlek), Turkey, dated 991 AH/1583 AD

An Ottoman talismanic shirt (tilsimli gomlek), Turkey, dated 991 AH/1583 AD

Ottoman Talismanic Shirt of Murad III (d. 1595) [in Hülya Tezcan, Tılsımlı Gömlekler, 2011]

Ottoman Talismanic Shirt of Murad III (d. 1595) [in Hülya Tezcan, Tılsımlı Gömlekler, 2011]

The enchanted shirts in the garment collection at Topkapı Palace are among the most significant cultural heritage to reach present day. These shirts are unique works of art embellished with hadiths and verses of the Kuran, making use of the arts of calligraphy and ornamentation. They were worn by OttomanSultans on their way to war for victory, for recovery from diseases and for protection against the evil eye.

The enchanted shirts in the garment collection at Topkapı Palace are among the most significant cultural heritage to reach present day. These shirts are unique works of art embellished with hadiths and verses of the Kuran, making use of the arts of calligraphy and ornamentation. They were worn by OttomanSultans on their way to war for victory, for recovery from diseases and for protection against the evil eye.

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