Qur'an Bookbinding Inset with Turquoise

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462

The stamped and gilded techniques used for this leather binding were common in the Middle East, especially in Iran where the art first developed, and in Turkey, where it was perfected. Central almond-shaped medallions and concave fillings in the four corners are common features of Islamic books. Ottoman book covers with this kind of composition and floral design served as models for a great number of Venetian Renaissance bookbindings and, more surprisingly, Venetian furniture as well.

Qur'an Bookbinding Inset with Turquoise, Leather; stamped, painted, gilded, and inset with turquoise

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