Copied by es-Seyyid Abdullah ez-Zühdi et-Temimi1265 (1848-49)

Sadberk Hanım Museum

Sadberk Hanım Museum
İstanbul, Türkiye

This exquisitely designed and decorated
Koran is one of the outstanding works by the calligrapher Abdullah Zühdi (d. 1879). Zühdi was a pupil of the kadıasker (chief military judge) Seyyid el-Hac Mustafa İzzet (d. 1876), who taught him thuluth, naskh and jali thuluth. Zühdi rose to fame and won the patronage of Sultan Abdülmecid (r. 1839-1861), who awarded him the Mecidi order for his work. The surah al-Fatihah and first four verses of the surah al-Baqarah in this Koran are illuminated with a magnificent serlevha composition (fol. 1v-2r). The principal elements of the serlevha are medallions with a green ground formed by long slender saz leaves painted in shaded tones of many colours.Reference: Tanındı, Z., Harmony of Line and Colour, Illuminated Manuscripts Documents and Calligraphy in the Sadberk Hanım Museum Collection, Sadberk Hanım Museum Publication, İstanbul 2019, pp. 142 - 145.


  • Title: Koran
  • Creator: Copied by es-Seyyid Abdullah ez-Zühdi et-Temimi
  • Date Created: 1265 (1848-49)
  • Location Created: Ottoman
  • Physical Dimensions: 19 x 11.8 cm, 330 folios, 15 lines per page, naskh and riqa‛ hands
  • Rights: Vehbi Koç Foundation Sadberk Hanım Museum
  • Medium: Sized dark beige paper, black, red and white lead ink, coloured paints and gold

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