The doublure bears the repeat of:
al-‘zz al-da’im wa al-iqbal/ bi’l-‘ajal wa al-kamal
‘Perpetual glory and prosperity in haste and perfection’
This double page frontispiece from juz five of the Qur'an comes from a grand Qur'an written in thirty sections in the first half of the fifteenth century. It is an important example of early Ottoman manuscript production, relating stylistically to late Mamluk Qur'ans, especially in the basic layout and the fine muhaqqaq script. The strong, flowing rhythm is enhanced by the use of alternate lines of blue and gold ink. An interesting Ottoman feature of the decoration is the surah heading on f.30a, which, unlike the hatching of the frontispiece text area, displays a kind of 'marbled' decoration, reminiscent of a distinct design found in Iznik-ware (see, for example, a tile sold in these rooms, 14 April 2010, lot 312, and a rare matara, sold 24 April 2013, lot 241).
Other leaves and sections from this Qur'an were sold in these rooms, 20 April 2016, lot 6; 29 October 1998, lot 28; 15 October 1997, lot 13 and 30 April 1992, lot 434.
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