Let’s discover the subtle secrets of classical decorative arts and crafts of the Ottoman period, depicted with lucid texts and vivid images in the book.
Foreword Savat (Niello) Kalem Work (Engraving) Silver Embossing Telkari (Filigree) Tombak Turkish Style Incrustation Güherse (Decorative Beading) The Seal in the Art of Engraving Ottoman Cup Holders Tepelik (Headdress Ornament) From Talisman to Ornament Censers Ottoman Belts and Buckles Ornamented Back of Mirrors Bazubend: The Pride of the Brave Silver Mushaf Cases İbriks (Ewers) Rings Turkish Spoons and Spoon-makers Old Turkish Door Knockers Turkish Bracelets Karagöz: Turkish Shadow Play Tophane Pipe Turkish Tombstones and the “Huwa’l-Baqi” (He Is The Everlasting One) Inscription Ottoman Visiting Cards Mother-of-Pearl Inlay Prayer Beads The Signatures of Calligraphers
Beautifully and richly illustrated, this introduction and handbook to the decorative art and crafts of the Ottoman civilization is based upon the many articles by Kusoglu, who is an artist, educator, and researcher in his own right. The 28 topics or chapters range from a description of artistic techniques, such as niello, engraving, embossing, filigree, and beading, to personal and everyday objects that utilize these methods, including door knockers, belts and rings, various talismans and body ornaments, prayer beads, and even Ottoman visiting cards. The colorful and intriguing illustrations provide outstanding examples of the various techniques and objects discussed. This work, which includes items and terminology that might be unfamiliar to Western artists, will make readers feel as though they have just gone through an exhibition of these magnificent artifacts.
VERDICT Enthusiasts of Eastern civilizations should not hesitate to purchase. This excellent book should also be found in both academic and public library collections for its educational value in learning more about Eastern traditional arts.
Stephen Allan Patrick,
Library Journal, Oct 2015