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Auction 153, Lot 748

"[Lot of 3 - Illuminated Koran Leaves]", Abdul, Osman

Subject: Illuminated Manuscripts

Period: 1822 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

4.6 x 7.1 inches
11.7 x 18 cm

Three original manuscript leaves from an Ottoman period Koran from a faith-healing group in Istanbul. The text is in Arabic, written in clear Naskhi script by Osman Abdel. 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 red with gold accents and borders. The leaves include two splendid surrah headings and elaborate marginal notations.


Condition: B+

One sheet has light toning and another has moderate toning.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $38

Closed on 5/20/2015