A rare painting by Hürrem Sultan, known in the West as Roxelana and wife of the legendary Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, was auctioned in London for 126,000 pounds ($ 173,000) on October 27.
The sale took place within the framework of an auction organized by Sotheby’s, one of the largest brokers in fine arts and decorative objects, jewelry and collectibles in the world, entitled “Arts of the Islamic world and from India “.
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The oil painting dates from the end of the 16th-beginning of the 17th century.
Hailing from what is now western Ukraine, Roxelana entered Suleyman’s harem and quickly became his favorite.
He broke convention by allowing her to bear not just one son but four. He then broke convention again by marrying her.
She was influential not only as a wife, but was also central to helping him rule the empire. While Sultan Suleyman was on campaign, she wrote to him and kept him posted on developments in the capital.
She was also one of the main patrons of architecture and charitable foundations, especially in Jerusalem.
Suleiman the Magnificent, also known as Kanuni Sultan Süleyman, is the longest-reigning Ottoman monarch who ruled the throne for 46 years until his death in 1566.