Illustration from the Süleymanname showing Ottoman costume

Suleiman the Magnificent's Culus (Enthronement) Ceremony by Matrakci Nasuh

Click for a larger image.


After hearing about his father’s death, Süleyman arrived in Istanbul from Manisa (where he served as a governor) and ascended the golden throne in front of the Babüssaade (Gate of Felicity) at the Topkapı Palace. As part of the ceremony, the Şeyhülislam (Chief Cleric) and the Grand Vizier, along with other viziers and various governors were present in their assigned places. On the first page of the miniature, people of varying ages and professions chatter excitedly in small groups, in a chaotic and disorganised setting. On the second page, however, the figures sitting closer to the sultan are observing rules of propriety and decorum as demanded by the etiquette of the ceremony.
Source: Reorient from Osmanlı Tasvir Sanatları

Next: Sultan Suleiman during the Siege of Rhodes, 1522
Other Illustrations of Ottoman Janissaries
More Ottoman Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers in the Süleymanname