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A remarkably fine example of an Ottoman Tanzimat Era lithographed calendar scroll (ruzname), headed with an image of a clock, with original rollers and wrappers


Paper Scroll (rotulus), mounted upon an original wood roller original patterned brown paper wrappers (Very Good, a few minor tears and light staining, tears in the upper part repaired with modern tape) 205 x 12 cm (80.7 x 4.7 inches).


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This calendar scroll opens in a typical book format with an illuminated headpiece and, like a manuscript, ends with a colophon at the very bottom. This portable scroll is used for tracking daily prayer times, length of days, the times of sunset and sunrise.

A ruzname (a note on days) is a portable reference calendar in a form of a rotulus They became popular in the Ottoman Empire as manuscripts in red and black on vellum and later as lithographs in same colours on paper. They are usually circa 100 cm or longer and 8-9 cm wide, and protected with an embossed flap made of leather or embossed paper. The decorative headpiece, the motif of which can vary, is called serlevha and the text is often accompanied with explanatory text in margins.

All the examples of the ruzname rare, because they were, as calendars, usually thrown away after a year of use.

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