Auction 123, Lot 827

"[Illuminated Koran Leaves]", Hilmi, Mehmet

Subject: Illuminated Manuscripts

Period: 1860 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

4.5 x 7.2 inches
11.4 x 18.3 cm

Original manuscript fascicle of five leaves from an Ottoman period Koran. The text is in Arabic, written in clear Naskhi script by the scribe, Mehmet Hilmi. Three complete Surrah headings with Basmallahs, and three marginal decorations. 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.


Condition: C+

Some cracking along the gilt borders with a bit of loss.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $55

Closed on 2/20/2008