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Evaluation of the Qur’an with Inventory Number 04820 Preserved in the Manuscript Donations Collection of the Suleymaniye Library in Terms of Illumination Art


Uşak Üniversitesi, Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi, Geleneksel Türk Sanatları Bölümü, Uşak, Türkiye

Art and Interpretation 2023; 1: 51-58
DOI: 10.5152/AI.2023.221139
Read: 584 Downloads: 117 Published: 30 March 2023

Turks, who have lived throughout history, combined the importance they gave to science with art and produced rare works in the field of book arts. In addition to the writings of the manuscripts, they also showed great care and dexterity in the decoration of the works. Today, many ornamental manuscripts are preserved in museums and libraries. One of these works is the Qur’an with inventory number 04820, which is in the Manuscript Donations collection of the Süleymaniye Manuscripts Library. The work was written by Hafız Muhammed el-Ferîd with the naskh calligraphy in 1243/1827. It was decorated by Osman Şûkrî in 1244/1828. The work, which does not have a zahriye page, has been analyzed in detail, including the serlevha, the beginning of the chapter, the roses, the stops, and the ornament on the hatime page. In addition to Hatayi group motifs, designs made with only penç motifs are common. Needle burnishing on a gold background is used on all ornament pages. Zer-ender-zer technique is among the techniques used. Composition features, pattern design, motifs, colors, and techniques of the illuminated areas of the Qur'an are important in terms of the decoration features of the period it belongs to.

Cite this article as: Şaştım, Y. A. (2023). Evaluation of the qur’an with inventory number 04820 preserved in the manuscript donations collection of the suleymaniye library In terms of illumination art. Art and Interpretation, 41(1), 51-58.

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