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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 143

    A GROUP OF TIMURID OR AQQUYUNLU QUR'AN LEAVES ON CHINESE PAPER

    IRAN, SECOND HALF 15TH CENTURY

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    A GROUP OF TIMURID OR AQQUYUNLU QUR'AN LEAVES ON CHINESE PAPER
    IRAN, SECOND HALF 15TH CENTURY
    Arabic manuscript on deep blue, purple, turquoise, and pink Chinese paper, 11 ff., each with 15ll. of elegant naskh, the text with gold and blue minor margins, with gold roundel verse markers, sura headings in larger gold naskh in gold-outlined panels, marginal khams and 'ashr markers in gold, white and blue, most folios gold-sprinkled on one side, some with larger specks, each also with gold illumination beneath the text, folios worn at margins, minor areas of staining
    Folio 11 x 8 3/8in. (28.1 x 21.1cm.); text panel 8¼ x 6¼in. (20.9 x 15.9cm.) (11)


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    Increased diplomatic exchange between the Timurid and Ming courts after about 1424 led to a fashion for using Chinese papers in Timurid manuscripts, particularly coloured papers decorated with gold sprinkling. A range of colours including blues, pinks, lavenders, yellows and greens became available and were most commonly used in poetry manuscripts. The paper used for these folios is noticeably heavy and highly polished. Some pages are decorated in delicate gold with characteristically Chinese motifs such as naturalistic details of plants, landscapes and birds.

    A Qur'an on Chinese coloured paper from the Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi, Istanbul (no. 41) is published in David J. Roxburgh, Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, exhibition catalogue, London, no. 178, pp. 228 and 421. The calligraphy of the Istanbul example is so close to that of the present that it seems probable that the two Qur'ans came out of the same workshop. Two further Qur'ans on similar paper are known, one in the Detroit Institute of Arts and the other in the Topkapi Saray Museum. Further folios from the same Qur'an were sold in these Rooms, 8 April 2008, lot 120.

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