AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MEHMED IBN HUSAIN, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1170 AH/1756-57 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 389 leaves plus 1 fly-leaf, 13 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by gold and polychrome pointed roundels, surah headings in white riqa against a gold ground within cartouches, gold and polychrome hisb, juz and sajdah markers in the margins, f.1b and f.24a with an illuminated frontispiece, f.389b with a finispiece folio decorated with gold flowers, in dark green gilt binding, with flap
text panel: 16.4 by 9.4cm.
leaf: 21.5 by 14.3cm.
The margins have been trimmed but are clean, pages occasionally numbered with European numeral in pencil, with minor stains and smudges, some losses to the illuminations, minor damaged 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.29, pp.130-1.