Framed Calligraphic Panel - "Edab Ya Hu&

Framed Calligraphic Panel - "Edab Ya Hu' by Suleyman Vasfi

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“The nearest of you to me on the Day of Judgement will be the one who is best in character.”



This stunning lawha composition is a reproduction of an original Ottoman manuscript calligraphed by Süleyman Vasfî Efendi, a student of Şefik Bey during the time of Sultan Abdülmecid.


The main text is in müsenna jali thuluth form, a style of calligraphy where two different texts are intertwined and mirrored, and it depicts a 'sikke' Mevlevi turban. According to Dr. Alan Godlas, it translates to:



Adab (manners), ya Hu!

O God (Hu), [please enable me to have virtuous] manners!



Bordered with a band of thuluth calligraphy, the outer margins are filled with rococo floral motifs. The calligraphy is taken from a poem attributed to the sage Yunus Emre and it reads:


اهل دللر اره سنده اره دم قلدم طلب

هر هنر مقبول ايمش الا ادب الا ادب


I searched among the folk of hearts,

beseeching them [for virtues].

Each talent was appreciated,

[but the most revered was] nothing but manners,

nothing but manners!


Between the four dots of the ya, at the bottom of the composition, is the artists signature: "Süleyman Vasfî wrote it" (كتبه سليمان وصفى).



· Country of Origin: Ottoman Turkey

· Time Period: 1908

· Artist: Süleyman Vasfî Efendi

· Size: Approximately 46 x 34 cm (including frame)

· Print: High-quality matte print and detail finishing

· Frame: Wood frame with a gold finish

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