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Tugra of Suleiman the Magnificent


The Tugra, or imperial monogram, of Suleiman the Magnificent, c. 1550–65. From the calligraphy section of the Islamic art collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Ottoman calligraphy and Arabic typography
Calligraphy by Mouneer Al-Shaárani
The Journal of Ottoman Calligraphy
Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East



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  1. #1 posted by Yvonne


    Wow, that is beautiful. If that’s his monogram, what did his signature look like…? ;)

  2. #2 posted by John


    Possibly not as detailed unless he wanted to spend all day drawing those flowers. I was pleased to find this in colour, I’d only seen a rough black and white reproduction before.

  3. #3 posted by Elvin


    Suleiman the Magnificent reigned from 1520 to1566

  4. #4 posted by Elvin


    Tughras served a purpose similar to the Royal Cypher of British monarchs. Every Ottoman sultan(emperor) had his own individual tughra in which their full names,father’s name etc was written (for example “Abdulhamid han bin Abdulmecid el muzaffer daima el gazi” : Abdulhamid han son of Abdulmecid victorious forever el gazi).






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