31 March 2009
OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1500
Arabic manuscript on paper, 394ff. plus 6 fly-leaves, each folio with 13ll., 10ll. of black naskh, the middle line in gold thuluth and the first and last lines in blue thuluth within gold ruled panels, gold and polychrome verse markers, marginal illuminated rounded medallions, juz' and nisf in gold thuluth, sura headings in white naskh on gold ground within illuminated panel, the fatiha with 5ll. of gold naskh on clouds on blue ground within gold and polychrome illumination, slight damages, the first two folios are later replacements and the third folio is restored, sura al-baqara with illuminated headpiece, repairs, text within gold and polychrome rules, last 5ff. with Persian falnama, slightly trimmed, in original brown stamped morocco, the gilding rubbed, the doublures stamped and gilt with découpé
Text panel 4¼ x 2 3/8in. (11 x 6.1cm.); folio 8 3/8 x 5¼in. (21.4 x 13.5cm.)
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