AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MEHMED AL-ATIF HAFIZ, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1218 AH/1803-04 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 412 leaves plus 5 fly-leaves, 17 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by pointed gold roundels, surah headings in while riqa against a gold ground within cartouches, gold juz markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, f.411b and f.412a with a finispiece bifolium with the colophon against a gold ground and a bunch of flowers on the left, in brown gilt and stamped binding, with flap
text panel: 13.2 by 4.5cm.
leaf: 17 by 8.8cm.
The margins are clean, with minor holes and losses, some smudges to the text, page numbered with European numerals in pencil on the upper external corner, some losses to the painting, minor damages to the binding, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.35, pp.150-3.
The scribe of this unusually narrow Qur’an also gives the information in the colophon that he was the Imam of the Geng Mehmed Pashazadeh al-Hajj Mir Ibrahim Mosque.