Sweet Chestnut Leaf With Calligraphy.
Turkey, Ottoman, 19th century CE.
Qur’an verses were applied to objects using an astonishingly wide variety of techniques. One of the most beautiful and unusual examples is the gilded leaf, popular in nineteenth-century Ottoman Turkey. This example features a verse from Surat al-Isra’ (The Night Journey, 17:80): “And say, ‘Lord grant me a good entrance and a goodly exit, and sustain me with Your power.’”