Seal of the last Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI (1918-1922)
Carved and engraved rock crystal
Ottoman Empire, dated 1876
Height: 5; Width: 3,5; Depth: 2,2 cm
This impressive and almost flawless rock crystal seal is dated from the time when Mehmed VI was still a prince, before he succeeded his brother Mehmed V Reshad in 1918. The seal is inscribed on the reverse “vahieddin bin Abdülmecid Han (1293 AH/1876-7 AD”.
Mehmed VI was a sultan with a very good knowledge of the fiqh, or Islamic jurisprudence, but also a musician and composer. His refusal of growing his beard after accessing the throne was a major change towards tradition.
For a biography of the sultan, see: Mango, A.J. (1991) The encyclopedia of Islam, Vol.VI, Leyden, pp. 984-5.