In the Iran and Turkey of the second half of the sixteenth century bibliomancy and pictures for prognostication TQS: fortune-telling in academic terms had become quite the popular thing. The illustrated manuscripts were used on the streets or were made for the wealthy in certain parts of Iran or Istanbul. The simple tomes have not survived as far as academics now. The current 4 remaining books were of the richly decorated sort and obviously made for influential people.
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Washington, D. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Sackler Gallery. Called "fabulous" by the Washington Post, Falnama was the first show of its kind dedicated to the art of divination in the Islamic world. The Falnama were brilliantly painted compositions created in Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
Falnama: The Book of Omens combines rare images with scholarly texts on the deeper meaning of dreams, omens, and divination. Featured in this first publication ever devoted to the Falnama as a genre are intact volumes as well as text folios and illustrations now dispersed among international public and private collections. Essays by scholars of Safavid, Ottoman, and Byzantine history and language, complemented by full-color illustrations, offer detailed analysis of the form, content, and meaning of these rarely seen works of art.
The first-ever translations of three of the four monumental copies provide insight into a vivid and enduring aspect of human concern--the unknown. Read more
Falnama: The Book Of Omens
Print book : English View all editions and formats Summary: "Whether by consulting the position of planets, casting horoscopes or interpreting dreams, the art of divination has been a universal practice for centuries. In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in Iran and Turkey, one of the most splendid tools to gain insight into the unknown was a series of illustrated manuscripts known as the Falnama Book of omens. They are notable for their impressive scale and brilliantly painted images of prophets, heroes, villains and signs of the zodiac. With their encouraging or dire omens, they represent some of the most original manuscripts associated with Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey. Essays by scholars of Safavid, Ottoman and Byzantine history, culture and language, complemented by full-colour illustrations, offer detailed analysis of the form, content and meaning of these rarely seen works of art. The first ever translations of three of the four monumental copies provide insight into a vivid and enduring aspect of human concern - the unknown. Read more
Falnama’s Book of Omens: The Future Will Be Bright and Sunny
Start your review of Falnama: The Book Of Omens Write a review Jan 13, Rumsha Siddiqui rated it it was amazing I saw this book sitting distinctly, staring at me, almost calling my name, at the display shelf in Zayed central Library. I didnt think much of it as the cover doesnt give much away. After weeks, I gave in and picked it up. I read twice to confirm the word Falnama, something I remember from my childhood, something I hadnt thought of in a long time even though it was such a fundamental part of my culture growing up. The book details the history and origin of Falnama, a book of omens; superstition I saw this book sitting distinctly, staring at me, almost calling my name, at the display shelf in Zayed central Library. The book details the history and origin of Falnama, a book of omens; superstition for some, divine guidance for others.
Falnama : the book of omens
Print A group of unusual, illustrated manuscripts called the Falnama that were once used by sultans, shahs and commoners to explore the unknown will be on view Oct. Sackler Gallery. The Sackler Gallery will be the sole venue for this international exhibition featuring works of art from public and private collections. Arresting images, supersaturated color and dazzling detail confronted seekers of omens in these oversized books. Adam and Eve ride out of paradise on the backs of a spectacular, dragon-like serpent and an equally fanciful peacock while startled angels look on. On another page, the angel of death in the guise of a ferocious gray demon drops out of the sky to pounce on Shaddad ibn Ad, who, according to the Koran, transgressed by daring to recreate paradise on Earth.
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Now, if I was a fortune teller, I might accurately predict that dozens of readers will be humming that tune all day. Beyond that, I have no idea what the day ahead holds for any of us. But through the ages, the desire to know the future has fostered any number of fantastic divination methodologies from reading tea leaves to consulting astrologists think Nancy Reagan and Cherie Blair to playing with that endearing schoolyard devise, the cootie catcher. The rare 17th-century works of art, pictures of prognostication created at the end of the Islamic millennium, speak to the universal fear of what the future holds and the quest to know the unknown. The way the book worked--three of the monumental volumes are on view--was not unlike an ancient cootie catcher. The seeker of omens would first perform ritual ablutions and recite certain prayers before opening the over-sized manuscripts to a random page that would answer a question. Is this business deal worthy?