TWO IZNIK POTTERY BORDER TILES OTTOMAN TURKEY, CIRCA 1600 Each of rectangular form, with design of composite flowers, tulips and scrolling palmettes reserved against cobalt-blue ground, with red highlights, with turquoise-blue borders, small chips, otherwise intact Each 5 x 10 1/8in. (12.8 x 25.7cm.)
Written in Turkish, this folio is from a copy of the collected works of the last Timurid ruler, Sultan Husayn Bayqara (reigned 1470-1506), and is executed in a technique known as quita' (decoupage). Instead of writing in ink, individual letters are cut out of different colored paper and pasted on a contrasting background. The art of decoupage, which originated in late-fifteenth-century Herat, required tremendous skill, dexterity, and imagination.
Circular Surat al-Ikhlas (Quran Calligraphy in Plaited Kufic Script “In the Name of Allah, Most Magnificent, Most Merciful SAY: “He is the One God: God the Eternal, the Uncaused Cause of All Being. He begets not, and neither is He begotten;