• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    A KUFIC QUR'AN BIFOLIUM

    NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, 9TH/10TH CENTURY

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    A KUFIC QUR'AN BIFOLIUM
    NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, 9TH/10TH CENTURY
    Qur'an LXXVI sura al-insan, vv.13-21 (part), Arabic manuscript on vellum, each with 7ll. of bold and elegant sepia kufic, verses marked with pyramids of gold dots, with red, green and yellow diacritics, khams marker in gold, 'ashrun marker in gold kufic within gold and polychrome medallion, later numbering in the margins
    Folio 9 1/8 x 12¾in. (23.5 x 32.3cm.)


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    A section from this Qur'an is in the Iran Bastan Museum, Tehran (4289), illustrated in Martin Lings, The Qur'anic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination, Westerham, 1976, no. 5). Another sold in these Rooms, 27 April 2004, lot 14. More recently a single folio sold in Sotheby's Doha, 19 March 2009, lot 303. For another folio from the same Qur'an see the preceding lot.

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