The balanced naskh of this Qur’an is framed by a fine illumination, with the delicate scrolls of multi-coloured flowers encircled by gold half-palmettes as well as the marginal devices recalling the illumination of contemporaneous Qur’ans by the master Hasan Celebi (see for example a Qur’an copied by Hafiz Osman and dated 1094 AH/1682 AD now in the Istanbul University Library, inv. no.A.6549, Derman 2010, p.168). Similar half-flowers in green encircle the opening double page of a Qur’an copied by Cinicizade Abdulrahman Efendi, dated 1112 AH/1700 AD and illuminated by Bartuthaneli Abdullah Efendi. Although the illumination of the present Qur’an is not signed, it is plausible to attribute it one of the master illuminators of the time, as Abu Bakr was active in the same circle and practising under the supervision of the master Nesfeszade.
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