A historic painting depicting Muslim thinker Haji Bektash Veli went underneath the hammer at an public sale held in Germany this week. Purchasing the work, Mehmet Tütüncü, the top of the Netherlands-based Research Center for the Turkish and Arab World (SOTA), mentioned that the painting will be the oldest one belonging to the thinker.
Attending an public sale throughout his enterprise travels in Germany, Tütüncü got here throughout a painting of Haji Bektash Veli, which excited him. When he examined the work, he noticed that the painting, 22 by 17 centimeters (8.7 by 7 inches) in dimension, portrays two males sitting on an animal pores and skin with a snake round them. The Ottoman caption under the painting revealed that the person on the suitable aspect is 13th-century dervish Sarı Saltuk Baba whereas the determine on the left is Haji Bektash Veli.
Tütüncü mentioned that he realized this work could possibly be the oldest painting of Haji Bektash Veli when he learn the Ottoman caption under it. According to him, the caption reads: “The painting, which is made by calligrapher Ahmed from Üsküdar in 1651, is a few snake/dragon that loses its youthful snakes/dragons and asking them to Haji Bektash Veli whereas he’s sitting on a chameleon pores and skin.”
Pointing out that the painting he purchased is a crucial piece, Tütüncü mentioned: “All of the unique work on the Haji Bektash Veli Museum in Turkey’s central Nevşehir province are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The presence of such an outdated painting and the truth that it bears a sensible scene is undoubtedly of nice significance. Here, a painting of Haji Bektash Veli in the mid-17th century undoubtedly displays a convention.”
He added: “Another aspect that makes this image essential to me is the involvement of Sarı Saltuk Baba. It just isn’t solely a painting of these two treasured figures; it tells a narrative. This work might be a component of a bigger e-book.”
Touching on the small print of the painting, Tütüncü famous: “On a yellow background, Haji Bektash Veli and Sarı Saltuk seem like sitting on an animal pores and skin with brown spots. In the painting, Haji Bektash Veli, sporting a inexperienced turban, holds his beard together with his proper hand. He additionally wears a inexperienced coat made of aba cloth and a brown cap. On his chest, the necklace that the dervishes of Bektaşi Order, the non secular order of Alevism named after Haji Bektash Veli, put on is seen. He is stunned to listen to the snake’s criticism. Sarı Saltuk Baba can also be sitting behind Haji Bektash Veli. Dressed in a brown coat made out of aba cloth, he wears a crown that’s one of essentially the most vital symbols of the Bektaşi Order. He has a bushy and black beard. He makes an indication expressing silence together with his forefinger.”
According to him, the animal depicted as a snake or dragon has a golden pointed ear, huge eyes and fork tongue. Tütüncü recalled that this determine was used a quantity of instances by Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi and Haji Bektash Veli in their works.
He mentioned that it’s important that UNESCO declared 2021 because the Year of Haji Bektash Veli all world wide to commemorate the 750th loss of life anniversary of the thinker. Emphasizing that the thinker is effective in Turkish tradition, Tütüncü added: “Haji Bektash Veli is a vital historic determine. He can also be the mentor of the Janissaries, crucial elite infantry of the Ottoman military. He is a crucial aspect of our Alevi and Bektashi tradition.”
Noting that Haji Bektash Veli is the best Turkish thinker of the 13th century and the eponym of the Bektaşi order, the UNESCO web site says for the thinker: “The base of his philosophy lies on humanity, human rights and social equality that he counsels for the person to be modest, to purify his soul, to mature, to abstain from exhibiting off and to be full of the love of God. His ideas result in cultural concord and enlightening in Anatolia.”