A duplicate of the masnavi “Layla and Majnun,” scripted in Naskh calligraphy by Sheikh Hamdullah (1436-1520), who is taken into account the founding father of the Turkish calligraphy faculty, has been unveiled in Berlin, Germany.
The unique masnavi – which is a poem primarily based on impartial, internally rhyming strains – belonged to Sufi poet Hamdullah Hamdi, the youthful son of Akshamsaddin, who was the mentor of Sultan Mehmed II, often known as Mehmed the Conqueror. It was later scripted by Sheikh Hamdullah with Naskh calligraphy. This particular work was found final yr as a part of analysis performed by affiliate professor Güler Doğan Averbek of Istanbul Medeniyet University, on the Berlin State Library.
In an interview with Anadolu Agency (AA), Averberk stated: “These manuscripts are stored in acid-free cardboard packing containers. When I turned the primary pages of the work, I noticed a manuscript that means ‘Leyla and Majnun with the script of the Sheikh.’ Art historians of calligraphy know that if ‘Sheikh script’ is written on a piece, it’s the script of Sheikh Hamdullah, not anybody else.”
Expressing nice pleasure to have discovered the script, she acknowledged that it was confirmed that the artifact was scripted by Sheikh Hamdullah in surveys performed by Turkish calligraphy knowledgeable and professor Uğur Derman. Calligrapher Mehmet Özçay detected that the script was on the stage of the works by Sheikh Hamdullah in phrases of its technical traits, which additionally confirms the outcomes of Derman’s survey.
Pointing out that Sheikh Hamdullah is the founding father of the Turkish calligraphy faculty, Averberk famous: “He is a 15th-century calligrapher and a vital determine. Other nice figures who have been raised later have been calligraphers who adopted in his footsteps.”
Indicating that Sheikh Hamdullah scripted numerous mushafs, or written copies of the Quran, and Arabic works, Averberk stated: “We didn’t know he scripted a literary Turkish work. From this perspective, this ‘Layla and Majnun’ work could be very precious.”
Emphasizing the significance of the artifact coming to mild, Averberk continued: “This yr is the 500th anniversary of Sheikh Hamdullah’s demise. We couldn’t deliver the bodily manuscript to Istanbul, however a facsimile of it has been launched this month by the Manuscript Institution of Turkey. Therefore, those that want will have the ability to see the work, even when it’s a facsimile. I’m pleased to be instrumental in achievements in our artwork historical past.”