• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 2

    A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO

    NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, END OF THE 8TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO
    NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, END OF THE 8TH CENTURY
    Qur'an XXX, sura al-rum, parts of vv. 21-24, Arabic manuscript on vellum, 16ll. of elegant black kufic with pronounced circular letters, diacritics indicated with black lines, vocalisation in red and occasional green dots, verse endings marked with groups of three diagonal lines, folio with one polychrome medallion, damages to the last line, mounted, framed and glazed
    Folio 10¾ x 13 1/8in. (27.2 x 33.4cm.)


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    Other leaves from this Qur'an were sold in these rooms, 23 October 2007, lot 1; 12 October 2004, lot 1; 15 October 1996, lots 45-48; and at Sotheby's 23 April 1997, lot 40; 29 April 1998, lots 1-2; and 13 April 2000, lots 2-3. Others are in various collections including The David Collection, (see von Folsach et al., op. cit., no. 93, p.136 and 141), the al-Sabah Collection (Ghada Hijjawi Qaddumi, Variety in Unity, Kuwait 1987, LNS 101 MS (b), p.25), and ten leaves in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Pratapaditya Pal (ed.), Islamic Art, Los Angeles 1973, no. 141).

    For two further folios from the same Qur'an, see lots 1 and 5.

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