Illumination No 1
This image is a copy of an illumination from a Quran made by Sultan Barsbay, probably for the Madrasah which he had founded in Cairo. The original is in the National Library in Cairo. This copy was made from an illustration in 'The Quranic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination' by Martin Lings (Plate 78).
The Arabic text reads 'Truth hath been affirmed by God the Infinite, His noble messenger hath delivered it'
The original would have been decorated using a lot of gold leaf but in this copy only the text in the medallions is created this way. The gold colour in the borders is synthetic whilst most of the copy is painted using gouache, the exception being the outermost border which is drawn in ink.
The copy remains in the possession of the artist.