An illuminated Qur'an, copied by Ibrahim known as Da'imi, student of Sheker-Zade Mehmed Efendi, Turkey, Ottoman, dated 1162 AH/1748-49 AD
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Arabic manuscript on paper, 421 leaves, plus 5 fly-leaves, 13 lines to the page written in neat naskh in black ink, ruled in gold, red and black, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, surah headings in white thuluth on gold and polychrome illuminated panels, further text divisions marked in margins with illuminated floral devices and gold thuluth, f.1b and f.2a with illuminated frontispiece framing text, final double page with colophon surrounded by floral illumination, in gilt brown leather binding with flap, brown leather slip-case
18.5 by 11.8cm.
In good condition overall. The folios are generally clean with occasional small smudges and faint discolouration, consistent with age. A quire towards the end of the manuscript has been bound upside down. A small number of folios have minor marginal restorations. Small losses to pigment in opening frontispiece. The binding stable with very minor surface wear, as viewed.
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The scribe of this manuscript served Ahmed Aga, a subordinate of Grand Vizier Hekimbaşi-zade Ali Paşa, before training as a calligrapher under Sheker-zade Mehmed Efendi, soon being appointed as a scribe within the Galata Palace. A Qur’an juz’ by the same scribe was endowed to the Ayasofya Mosque by the Chief Eunuch Beshir Aga.
The tutor of our scribe, Sheker-zade Mehmed Efendi, was particularly skilled with imitation and was commissioned by Sultan Ahmed III to imitate a manuscript of the Qur’an by Shaykh Hamdullah Efendi in Medina. The copy was subsequently presented to Sultan Mahmud I and is now preserved in the Suleymaniye Library (Yeni Camii K.3) in Istanbul. A mufredat by Sheker-zade Mehmed Efendi was sold in these rooms, 9 October 2013, lot 71.