1 May 2001
Ottoman Turkey, 16th Century
Manuscript on gold-sprinkled cream paper, 300ff. with 15ll. of very fine black naskh, gold rosettes between verses, sura headings in white on gold and polychrome illuminated panels, similarly illuminated marginal medallions marking every fifth and tenth aya, two very finely illuminated opening bifolios, two similarly finely illuminated closing bifolios with prayers, slight staining throughout, contemporary possibly original red morocco binding with decoupé decoration with central medallion and spandrels with arabesques and cloud bands
Folio 9 3/8 x 5½in. (23.5 x 13.5cm.); text 4½ x 2½in. (11.1 x 6.3cm.)
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Tulips, Arabesques and Turbans: Decorative arts from the Ottoman Empire, David and Alfred Smart Gallery, University of Chicago, 7 October-5 December 1982
Art Institute of Chicago, August 1983-March 1985
This Qur'an has very fine and slightly unusual illumination.The opening bifolio with sura al-fatiha and the opening verses of sura al-baqara are surrounded by a border of illuminated crenellation. The following bifolio with continuation of sura II has more freely drawn but no less elaborate illumination. The closing two bifolios which contain prayers are similarly illuminated.
Sold in these rooms, 21 November 1986, lot 115
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