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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Sultan Murad III (r. 1574-1595) in his Library (painting, recto; text, verso) illustrated folio from a manuscript of the Javahir al Gharaib Tarjomat Bahr al-Aja'ib (Gems of Marvels: A Translation of the Sea of Wonders) of Jennabi(Cennabi)
Work Type
manuscript folio
Creation Place: Middle East, Türkiye (Turkey)
Ottoman period
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Physical Descriptions

Opaque watercolor, gold and silver on paper
27 x 17.5 cm (10 5/8 x 6 7/8 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Jean Pozzi, Paris (before 1967), his sale; [Vente Pozzi, Palais Galliera, Paris, 5 December 1970, lot 114] sold; to Edwin Binney, 3rd, 1970, bequest; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1985.

Edwin Binney, "Turkish Treasures From the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd", Portland Museum of Art, Portland Oregon, 1979, p.33-40
Jean Pozzi (1884-1967), the French Ambassador to Constantinople in the 1930s.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Edwin Binney III, Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd, exh. cat., Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, 1979), page 34-36/figure 17 fol. 217r
  • Katherine E. Bliss, East Meets West, Harvard Crimson (April 7, 1989), Vol. CXC, No. 49
  • Rarely Seen Ottoman World On View at Sackler Museum, Harvard University Gazette (March 31, 1989), Vol. LXXXIV, No. 30, pp. 1, 10, p. 10, ill.
  • Gülru Necipoglu, Architecture, Ceremonial, and Power: The Topkapi Palace in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, MIT Press (Cambridge, 1992), p. 153, fig. 87

Exhibition History

  • The Ottoman Empire: A Culture and Its Impact, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/25/1989 - 05/21/1989
  • The Ottomans and their Contemporaries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/21/1992 - 05/17/1992
  • Shadows of God On Earth: Arts of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Dynasties, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/21/1997 - 08/31/1997
  • A Grand Legacy: Arts of the Ottoman Empire, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1999 - 01/02/2000

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