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.

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4 thoughts on “Tugra of Suleiman the Magnificent”

  1. 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.

  2. 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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