Turgut Tuna and “Abul Qasim’s Treatise on Ceramics”Turgut Tuna started his research on Abul Qasim’s Treatise on Ceramics, when he was still a student with the inducement of his Lecturer Prof. Hakkı İzzet. It took 36 years to totally resolve the treatise and publish the MA thesis entitled “Technological Analysis of Abul Qasim’s Treatise on Ceramics” in 2002:
The title of “Abul Qasim’s Treatise on Ceramics” in Persian is “Arais el-cevahir ve nefais el-atayip” (The Brides of Jewelries and Essence of Elegant Matters). It can be considered as a production encylopedia on gemstones and perfume making; the last chapter contains 13 pages and gives information about ceramic production.
As understood from the preface of the treatise, Abul Qasim descended from a ceramic maker family in Kashan and prepared the treatise during the period of Gazan Khan of the Ilkhanids, completing it in Tabriz in 1301. The existence of Abul Qasim’s handwritten treatise was realized in the library of Hagia Sofia at the end of the 16th century, but some parts were not readible due to the deteriorating effects of moist, moths and aging. It is understood that the treatise was rewritten in 1583 by an unknown author who was familiar to the subject.
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