Examples of the Turkish pictorial arts outside the Topkapu Saray Library in Istanbul are rare, partly because this art never achieved widespread support or appreciation within the Turkish empire. It was fostered only by the sultan’s court and kept within the confines of the royal establishments. The fact that the Turks were Sunnis who followed the canonical law more strictly than for example the Iranians, may have a good deal to do with the limited number of existing works illustrated by Turk…

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