Hundreds of years of magnificent Mushafs manuscripts, which contain samples of the pinnacle of book arts such as calligraphy, illumination, bookbinding and marbling, will be exhibited at Istanbul AKM Gallery.
Presidency of the Institution of Manuscripts affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, more than 70 Mushaf-ı Sharif, almost all of which will be exhibited for the first time, compiled from various cities, including Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa , Konya and Edirne, “Saint Risâlet: Mushaf Manuscript Exhibition”. reunited.
As part of the exhibition, besides the Mushafs, each of which is a work of art, prepared by calligraphers and muralists of the Ottoman period, Mushaf-ı Sharifs belonging to Abbasid, Seljuk, Ilkhanid and Ghaznavid, Safavid, Mamluk , Indian and Maghrebian geographies can be seen.
In addition to its historical and artistic features, Mushaf-ı Sharifs will welcome its visitors with information panels that will introduce the pigments used in its decorations, binding techniques and unseen features of old repairs.
Back when paper was not yet used as a writing material in Islamic civilization, especially the 12-century-old Mushaf-ı Şerîf, which was written in Kufic calligraphy using gold on parchment and recorded in the inventory of the Nuruosmaniye Library, and the Mushaf-ı Şerîf, which was donated by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, and specially marked in gold on paper for Özbek Khan. The Mushaf-ı Sharif written in ink is the main work of the exhibition.
In addition to the large mushafs weighing tens of kilograms, the starboard mushafs of very small size which are mounted on the starboard heads and can only be read with a lens are among the interesting elements of the exhibition.
As part of the exhibition activities from April 8 to 29, 2022, lectures and discussions on topics such as calligraphy, illumination and Mushaf writing will also take place.