ÉTUDES BALKANIQUES

ISSN: 0324-1645       ISSN (online): 2534-8574

Études balkaniques

Etudes balkaniques is a quarterly peer-review journal, which has been publishing research since 1964. Research papers related to the Balkan countries in French, English, German, Russian and Italian have appeared in it, thus making them available to a wide scientific community across borders.

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TWO GRAFFITI DRAWINGS FROM THE OTTOMAN PERIOD OF AYASOFYA
Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) 2021 N 3

Christina Savova
New Bulgarian University

Thomas Thomov
New Bulgarian University

Abstract: The paper deals with two graffiti drawing in the south gallery in the former Christian church Hagia Sophia converted after 1453 into mosque Ayasofya. In view of the posture, clothing and headgear of the figure, most likely the author of the first drawing intended to present a whirling dervish. The attempt to date non-epigraphic graffiti with any degree of accuracy is often extremely difficult, but a terminus post quem of this graffito drawing can be the 15th century suggested on the basis of the established clothing standard for all members of the Mevlevi Order. The second drawing presents three weapons defined as “saber” and most likely they correspond to the well-known types of sabers in the Near East Zulfikar, kilij and Shamshir. The hypothetical time span for creating the drawing with the three sabers is between the 17th and the end of the 18th century.

Keywords: Ayasofya, Ottoman graffiti, sabers, dervish, Zulfikar

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