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Tabrizi Woodcarvings in Timurid Iran

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The entrance doors to the Yeşil Türbe in Bursa of western Anatolia are artefacts of manifold interest for the study of the importance of the city of Tabriz in Iran of the Timurid era. The doors to this particular tomb-shrine can be dated to the early 15th century, having been carved and constructed for the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed I who died in the month of Jumādā I, 824 A.H. The doors' inscription mentions a certain ʿAlī b. Ḥājjī Aḥmad al-Tabrīzī, hence raising the issue of a significant relationship between early Ottoman and Timurid woodworking. With the Yeşil Türbe doors of Bursa it appears example of this type of decoration for early Ottoman times. Additionally there is no other example of a master signature of Persian origin on any other Ottoman woodcarvings. This particular "master" from Tabriz is hardly in that sense unique.

Keywords: ʿAlī b. Ḥājjī Aḥmad al-Tabrīzī; Iran; Ottoman; Tabriz; Timurid; Yeşil Türbe



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