Qur'an Manuscript

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Copied in a minute naskh script, the finely written calligraphy of this tiny Qur'an is rivaled only by its exuberant illumination. Both the form of the script and the palette of the illumination are characteristic of late Ottoman manuscript production. The script echoes the style developed by the earlier Turkish calligraphy master Shaikh Hamdullah (d. 1519). Distinct from contemporary Persian examples, Shaikh Hamdullah’s Ottoman naskh tends toward rounded letter forms and upright vertical strokes.

Qur'an Manuscript, Ink, opaque watercolor, and 13.228.24
gold on paper; leather binding

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