AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ' (V), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, MID-19TH CENTURY
surah al-Nisa (IV), vv.24-147
Arabic manuscript on paper, 34 leaves plus 5 fly-leaves, 7 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by gold and polychrome dotted roundels, f.1b with the juz' number written in gold and outlined in black, in brown stamped and gilt leather binding, with flap
text panel: 16.8 by 9cm.
leaf: 23.7 by 16.5cm.
The margins are clean, some stains and some restorations to the paper which though do not affect the text, minor stains and rubbing, the binding with minor scratches but otherwise in excellent condition, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.39, pp.168-9.
F.1a bears a note in Arabic and Turkish stating that this juz' was written in 1271 AH/1854-55 AD.