Posted on December 30, 2022December 30, 2022Greetings! Welcome to a new space for sharing anything and everything regarding Arabic script written heritage, inclusive of all languages and variantions, and related codicological topics. Ottoman Turkish berāt (warrant) issued by Sultan Mustafa I (b. ca. 1600, d. 1639), dated 5 Ẕī-al-Ḥijjah 1026 AH (4 Dec. 1617 CE), soon after his ascension, granting a pension of 40 aḳçe per day to Nefīse H̱atūn upon the death of ʿĀyşe H̱atūn, drawn Süleymaniye Mosque endowment funds. Written upon on unsized, polished paper in densely intricate black and gold dīvānī, surmounted by his imperial tughrā emblem, then sprinkled them whilst still wet with fine gold dust, these treatments not only convey the then-new Sultan’s grandeur, but also prevent tampering, as any alteration would be readily evident. John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Persian MS 913, folio 61b. 569 x 334 mm. See Jan Schmidt, A Catalogue of the Turkish Manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library at Manchester (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2011), 332, no. 161.