Auction 153, Lot 749

"[Lot of 3 - Illuminated Koran Leaves]", Anon.

Subject: Illuminated Manuscripts

Period: 1850 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
4.4 x 6.7 inches
11.2 x 17 cm

Four original manuscript leaves (two separate leaves and one bi-folium) from an Ottoman period Koran from Istanbul. The text is in Arabic, written in clear Naskhi script. 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 bi-folium contains elegant decorative pen work in the blank margin.

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Condition: A

Marginal soiling on watermarked paper.

Estimate: $75 - $100

Sold for: $28

Closed on 5/20/2015

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