Saturday, September 19, 2009
AN OTTOMAN CALLIGRAPHIC PANEL SIGNED BY SALIH RUSHDI, DATED A.H. 1256/A.D. 1840, AND PRAYER BOOK, TURKEY, 19TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 12 lines to the page written horizontally and diagonally in cartouches and cloud bands against grounds of blue and gold with floral decoration, ruled in gold with a wide blue outer margin; the prayer book with 89 leaves, 13 lines to the page written in black naskhi script, 3 illuminated headpieces in blue and gold, illustrations of Mecca and Medina heightened with gold, in leather binding with gilt floral decoration.
26.9 by 22.2cm; 17.7 by 12.2cm.
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