Calligraphy by Sultan Ahmed III on wood panel, transcription: 'In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful'.
Ahmed III (Ottoman Turkish: Aḥmed-i sālis) (December 30, 1673—July 1, 1736) was Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and a son of Sultan Mehmed IV (1648–87). He succeeded to the throne in 1703 on the abdication of his brother Mustafa II (1695–1703). Nevşehirli Damat İbrahim Pasha and his daughter, Princess Hatice (Wife of the former) directed the government from 1718 to 1730, a period referred to as the Tulip Era. Sultan Ahmed III was a pupil of Hafiz Osman Efendi (1642-1698).
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