AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MUSTAFA BAHJAT, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1260 AH/1844 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 305 leaves plus 3 fly-leaves, 20 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by pointed gold roundels, surah headings in white rounded cursive against a gold ground within cartouches, gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with a polychrome and gold illuminated frontispiece composed of a thick border of interlacing flowers and split-palmettes emanating blue sprays, in dark green leather binding with gold rococo decoration, with flap
16.4 by 10.7cm.
In good condition, the margins are clean, occasionally numbered on the upper external corner of the verso with Indo-European number in pencil, minor stains, the illuminated frontispiece is in very good condition, with only minor smudges as visible in the catalogue. The contemporaneous binding in good condition, as viewed.
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