Hilye-i Şerif Anthology

Early 19th century

Sadberk Hanım Museum

Sadberk Hanım Museum
İstanbul, Türkiye

As far as is known there is no other comparable manuscript consisting of a varied compilation of hilye-i şerif texts by different authors, a text about the hilye, the Epithets of God and illustrations of Mecca and Medina, and all within a richly diverse decorative scheme. Consequently this anthology can be regarded as one of the highlights of the Sadberk Hanım Museum collection. The artist who decorated this book was clearly a master illuminator who emigrated from Iran to Istanbul, and who was well acquainted with existing motifs and designs, and skilled at combining them with his own creations.Reference: Tanındı, Z., Harmony of Line and Colour, Illuminated Manuscripts Documents and Calligraphy in the Sadberk Hanım Museum Collection, Sadberk Hanım Museum Publication, İstanbul 2019, pp. 266 - 273.


  • Title: Hilye-i Şerif Anthology
  • Date Created: Early 19th century
  • Location Created: Ottoman
  • Physical Dimensions: 25.5 x 14 cm, 11 folios, naskh, ta‘liq, riqa‘ and thuluth hands
  • Rights: Vehbi Koç Foundation Sadberk Hanım Museum
  • Medium: Sized cream coloured paper, red, blue, black, white ink, coloured paints, gold

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