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Cosmological Diagrams And Bodily Images In The Tansūqnāma

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This chapter postulates that miniatures featuring ceremonies were sometimes used as if they were historical records, documenting how these occasions actually unfolded, while at other times they were intended to be visual protocol registers, showing how these events were supposed to have taken place. Miniatures in Ottoman historical manuscripts are mostly in harmony with the texts they accompany. Upon close examination, one sees that the authors of these manuscripts exerted a great effort to narrate events as they occurred and that same effort is also highly apparent in the miniatures. Sixteenth-century Ottoman miniatures featuring ceremonies functioned as protocol registers in the sense that they depicted what was supposed to happen in addition to what actually happened. One finds the most striking examples of this in miniatures showing the enthronement ceremony of Selim II.

Keywords: enthronement ceremony; historical records; Ottoman miniatures; Selim II; visual protocol registers



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