AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, OTTOMAN PROVINCES, 18TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 306 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 15 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in red and gold, verses separated by polychrome pointed gold roundels, surah headings in red riqa within gold and red, blue or yellow cartouches, polychrome and gold hisb, juz and sajdahs markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, in brown gilt and stamped leather binding, with flap
text panel: 17.2 by 9cm.
leaf: 23.3 by 15cm.
The margins are clean, minor and occasional tears to the edge of the paper, some stains and smudges, some losses to the illuminations, the later binding with minor scratches, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.34, pp.148-9.