AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY HAFIZ MUSTAFA SUYOLCUZADE, TURKEY, 17TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 314 leaves plus 3 fly-leaves, 15 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold and red, verses separated by pointed gold roundels, surah headings in white riqa’ against a gold ground within cartouches, gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, in leather gilt and stamped binding, with flap
text panel: 11.3 by 6.7cm.
leaf: 15.2 by 10cm.
The margins clean, minor smudges, holes and restorations, various stains, some losses to the illuminations and some damages to the border of the first leaf, damages to the binding which has been extensively restored, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.41, pp.122-5.