Ottoman 'master' Matrakci Nasuh on UNESCO 2014 agenda

Praised by Suleiman the Magnificent for his achievement in beating opponents in swordsmanship...

Ottoman 'master' Matrakci Nasuh on UNESCO 2014 agenda

World Bulletin / News Desk

UNESCO has added a 16th-century Ottoman swordsman to its 2014 agenda to commemorate his 450 year anniversary. Matrakci Nasuh is described as one of the most important artists in history.

Turkish historian Erhan Afyoncu has described Nasuh as a Hazerfen, a person with vast knowledge over various subjects. Afyoncu noted “His most important skill is swordsmanship. He traveled to Egypt and participated in games.

After beating all his opponents, he was praised by Egyptian rulers.” Nasuh also received an imperial order from Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent for his sword skills.

His title Matrakci is derived from a sword game, Matrak. A historic form of swordplay to assist with training soldiers during peaceful times. It includes a long wood stick and fence and the aim is to hit the opponent first. Afyoncu stated. “Nasuh was the master of that game.” Other than Matrak, he was known for his art miniatures. He created a style that focused on panoramic views of landscapes and cities painted with great detail. He miniaturized buildings, place of worships, surroundings and places where the Ottoman army rested.

Nasuh of Bosnian descent wrote books on mathematics. Afyoncu said “Those books included formulas to help bureaucrats with the treasury." He said Nasuh wrote many books, some recently discovered they actually belong to Nasuh himself. He died in 1564.

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