"[Illuminated Koran Leaf]", Osman Nuri bin el Haj
Period: 1850 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
4.2 x 6.9 inches
10.7 x 17.5 cm
Superb Koran leaf by the renowned calligrapher, Osman Nuri bin el Haj. Each side is written in Arabic Naskhi script in black ink and illuminated with burnished gold leaf with red and green ink. 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. Includes a surrah heading and bismalah with beautiful marginal decoration.
Small smudge, else fine with superb gold leaf.