ʿALĪ TABRĪZĪ (woodcarver)


ʿALĪ B. AḤMAD TABRĪZĪ, ḤĀJJĪ, woodcarver who made (ʿamal) the doors of the Yešil Türbe (the mausoleum of Sultan Meḥmed I) in Bursa, probably to be dated to 824/1421. He seems to have been one of a number of Iranian craftsmen brought to Bursa by the Architect ʿIvaż Pasha to build the mosque, madrasa, and tomb complex of Meḥmed I. It has been speculated that he may have carved the other wooden doors and shutters in the complex (Taeschner, “Preliminary materials,” p. iv) and the doors of the Bāyezīd Pāšā Jāmiʿi in Amasya (Ayverdi, pp. 20-21), but this is not confirmed epigraphically.


F. Taeschner, “Die Jesil Ğāmiʿ in Bursa,” Der Islam 20, 1932, pp. 147, 151, 167.

Idem, “Preliminary Materials for a Dictionary of Islamic Artists,” Ars Islamica 5, 1938, supplement, p. iv.

L. A. Mayer, Islamic woodcarvers and their works, Geneva, 1958, p. 33.

E. H. Ayverdi, Osmanlı Miʿmârîsinde Çelebi ve II. Sultan Murad Devri, 806-855 (1403-1451), Istanbul, 1972, pp. 108-13.

(H. Crane)

Originally Published: December 15, 1985

Last Updated: August 1, 2011

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H. Crane, “ʿALĪ TABRĪZĪ (woodcarver),” Encyclopædia Iranica, I/8, p. 881, available online at http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/ali-tabrizi (accessed on 30 December 2012).