Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tughra of Sultan Sulayman the Magnificent

Another beautiful piece from the Islamic exhibit at the Met:

This is the official signature of Sultan Sulayman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire.  Sulayman was truly remarkable, a poet, a warrior-king who remains known to this day as the Lawgiver. 

His system of law endured for centuries after his death and a sculpture of him actually hangs in the United States House of Representatives, as one of 23 famous lawmakers in history.

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