Auction 119, Lot 880

"[Lot of 7 - Illuminated Leaves]", Hilmi, Mehmet

Subject: Illuminated Manuscripts

Period: 1860 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

4.7 x 7.4 inches
11.9 x 18.8 cm

Fine lot of original manuscript leaves in a complete fascicle from a manuscript 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. Includes surrah (chapter) headings followed by the Bismalah and some nice marginal decorations.


Condition: A

All leaves near fine with some minor marginal spots and one insect hole, all well away from the written area.

Estimate: $130 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/9/2007