AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (I), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, CIRCA 1750-1850
surah al-Fatihah (I), v.1 to surah al-Baqarah (II) v.141
Arabic manuscript on cream polished paper, 18 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 10 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold and black, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, in brown stamped leather binding decorated with a central almond-shaped medallion
text panel: 18 by 11.6cm.
leaf: 26.8 by 18.9cm.
The margins are clean, minor stains and holes, some rubbing and some quire nearly loose, some dirt, losses to the illumination, as viewed.
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Sold in these rooms, 19 April 1983, lot 178.
N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.33, pp.144-7.