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Ottoman Medina and Turkey Manuscript

Date: 1558-1559
Size: folio —15 1/8 by 10 1/8 inches
Sale price: £49,250 British pounds ($77,713)

Calligraphy had a prestigious status in Ottoman culture, having been closely associated with the sultans and the Holy Koran.

Artists of the 16th and 17th centuries were highly influenced by Arab masters of the past.

Photo: Christie's