Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ferman of Sultan Mustafa IV

ferman of sultan Mustafa iv
Unlike his ferman, Sultan Mustafa IV's reign was not so beautiful. After a revolt which led to his predecessor's murder, he reached the throne on May 29, 1807, but practically Topal Ataullah Efendi, the religious leader of the time, was effectively controlling the government. When Ataullah's religious style proved too orthodox, the opposition planned a coup under the leadership of Alemdar Mustafa Pasha. Mustafa IV tried killing their own brothers to keep the throne, but Alemdar's forces saved Mahmud II, killing Mustafa and Ataullah; it was too late for Selim III, the other brother.

His ferman still shines though; clear, pastel colors, one of the best I have seen. Dated 1807.

Dimensions: 78x52.5 cm.
Estimated value: $ 7,500

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