An illuminated Qur’an juz’ (XIX), Turkey, Ottoman, late 14th/early 15th century
- ink on paper, bound
Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 38 leaves, 5 lines to the page, written in large gold muhaqqaq script outlined in black, incomplete, double page frontispiece with upper and lower text in large ornamental Kufic script against a plain ground filled with gold-scrolling split-palmettes, later red morocco binding with central gilt-stamped cartouches
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Whilst the present juz' and that of the following lot don't appear to belong to the same thirty-part set, they are likely to have been produced at around the same time in the same place. The calligraphy of the present manuscript, whilst executed entirely in gold, is slightly larger and a little less refined than that of lot 12, although the illuminated frontispiece is of similar construction. It seems likely that the same scriptorium or workshop of illuminators may have worked on a number of similar though slightly different Qur'an commissions at roughly the same time during the first half of the fifteenth century.