"[Illuminated Koran Leaf]", Abdul, Osman
Period: 1822 (circa)
4.5 x 7 inches
11.4 x 17.8 cm
Original manuscript leaf from an Ottoman period Koran. The text is Arabic, written in Naskhi script by the scribe, Osman Abdul. The paper is characteristic of that used for sacred texts. It was made by a separate guild and is sized with albumen and polished with an agate polisher. Each side is written in black and red ink with marginal notations and illuminated with burnished gold leaf. The recto is beautifully decorated with a large marginal design, verso with surrah heading.