"[Illuminated Koran Leaves]", Osman Nuri bin el Haj
Subject: Illuminated Manuscripts
Period: 1860 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
4.4 x 6.9 inches
11.2 x 17.5 cm
Superb lot of Koran leaves by the renowned calligrapher, Osman Nuri bin el Haj. Each side is written in Arabic Naskhi script in black ink and illuminated with burnished gold leaf with red and green ink. The 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. There are beautiful marginal decorations on several leaves. This lot consists of two bifolium that are still attached to one another.
Light toning, minor marginal soiling, and a short tear at top near centerfold on two leaves.