Author(s): Ebru ALPARSLAN

“?emse” is the name that given to the sun-shaped ornament pattern on the book bindings. “?emse” in manuscript bindings differs according to application techniques and motif types and is called with different names. “Cold ?emse” technique investigated in this study has been applied intensively until 15th century in Turkish binding art by pressing the prepared ?emse mold directly onto the skin without using gilding”. This study was conducted in Yusuf Aga Manuscript Library that serves in Konya depending on Manuscript Institution of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey. Within the scope of research, the manuscripts in the library, which have a very important value in terms of Turkish binding art and Turkish decorative art, and which have the characteristics of a national heritage with a history dating back to centuries, have been studied. Within the scope of the study, especially the manuscripts bindings decorated with the application of “Cold ?emse technique”; the patterns and compositions used in the construction and decoration of materials were examined in terms of their characteristics and total of 7 bindings of manuscript were tried to be introduced documenting with photographs. Information about the qualitative features of these manuscripts such as the period they belong to and their names were arranged and explained based on archives of Manuscript Institution of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey. It is determined that leather bindings examined in the study have reached the present day from the Ottoman period and represented the stylistic features and technical power of that period.


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