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Auction 104, Lot 683

"[Lot of 2 - Illuminated Koran Leaves]", Hilmi, Mehmet

Subject: Manuscripts

Period: 1860 (circa)



4.7 x 7.4 inches
11.9 x 18.8 cm
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Fine pair of original manuscript leaves from an Ottoman period Koran. The text is in Arabic, written in clear Naskhi script by the scribe, Mehmet Hilmi. The highly polished 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. The text is written in black ink, highlighted in several colors and enclosed in gold borders. One leaf includes a surrah (chapter) heading followed by the Bismalah. The other includes a nice marginal decoration.


Condition: A

Toned with some spots in blank margins.

Estimate: $120 - $180


Closed on 9/10/2003