An illuminated Qur’an juz’ (XXIX), Turkey, Ottoman, late 14th/early 15th century
- ink on paper with leather binding
- 35.5 by 26cm.
Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 51 leaves, 5 lines to the page, written in large gold muhaqqaq script outlined in black, 8 surah headings in large thuluth script in blue ink, double page frontispiece with upper and lower text in large white ornamental Kufic script against a plain ground filled with gold scrolling split-palmettes, later red morocco binding with central gilt-stamped cartouches
An interesting point is that the present section's opening illumination is extremely close to another juz' sold in these rooms, 16 April 1985, lot 192, despite the fact that that section belongs to the abovementioned group (which demonstrates both blue and gold alternating muhaqqaq script). This suggests perhaps the same scriptorium or workshop of illuminators who may have worked on a number of similar though slightly different Qur'an commissions at roughly the same time.