AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY AHMED KNOWN AS NA’ILI, TURKEY, CONSTANTINOPLE, OTTOMAN, DATED 1192 AH/1778-79 AD
AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY AHMED KNOWN AS NA’ILI, TURKEY, CONSTANTINOPLE, OTTOMAN, DATED 1192 AH/1778-79 AD
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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY AHMED KNOWN AS NA’ILI, TURKEY, CONSTANTINOPLE, OTTOMAN, DATED 1192 AH/1778-79 AD

Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY AHMED KNOWN AS NA’ILI, TURKEY, CONSTANTINOPLE, OTTOMAN, DATED 1192 AH/1778-79 AD

Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP

Lot Sold:27,500GBP

Lot Details

Description

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY AHMED KNOWN AS NA’ILI, TURKEY, CONSTANTINOPLE, OTTOMAN, DATED 1192 AH/1778-79 AD


Arabic manuscript on paper, 250 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 15 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold, black and red, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, surah headings in gold riqa within cartouches, gold verse markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, f.249a with a finispiece folio with the text written within two circles against a gold ground, in brown stamped and gilt leather binding, with flap


text panel: 17 by 8.3cm.

leaf: 21.9 by 14.2cm.

Condition Report

The margins with some damages and associated restorations, various stains and rubbing, some areas with losses to the illuminations especially the beginning and last leaves, some quire loose, ownership inscriptions, minor damages to the binding, as viewed.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Philips London, 19 April 1983, lot 150.

Literature

N. Safwat, A Collector's Eye, Islamic Calligraphy in Qur'ans and Other Manuscripts, London, 2010, no.32, pp.142-3.

Catalogue Note

The colophon states that the Qur’an was copied in the district of Galata, Istanbul.

THE SHAKERINE COLLECTION: Calligraphy in Qur’ans and other Manuscripts
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