Portrait of Sultan Ahmet I (r. 1603–17)

Object Name: Illustrated album leaf

Date: early 17th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: Page: 13 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (34.3 x 22.2 cm)
Mat: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (48.9 x 36.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1944

Accession Number: 44.30


This painting is one of a series that seems originally to have been collected or perhaps even painted for one particular album. Only one of the portraits has an inscription identifying the ruler represented (Sultan Selim); the others, like this one, have a cartouche at the top of the miniature which perhaps was meant to contain an inscription. The sultan is represented alone without any assisting figures, seated on a carpet in a room with tile decoration, depicted in the typical fashion of the late sixteenth-century Turkish school.