This impressive Qur’an manuscript is a rare survival of the manuscript production of South East Asia. The nature of the material on which it is copied – its fragility - means that few survived in such good condition. A similar Qur’an dated 1912-13 AD with text also incised on strips of palm leaf sold at Bonham’s, London, 21 April 2015, lot 3. For further discussion on South East Asian manuscripts, see Annabel Gallop, in James Bennet, ed. Crescent Moon: Islamic Art & Civilisation in Southeast Asia, Adelaide, 2005, pp. 159-189; Sheila Blair, Islamic Calligraphy, Edinburgh, 2007, pp.559-566; Lucien de Guise, (ed.), The Message & the Monsoon, Islamic Art of Southeast Asia from the Collection of the Islamic Arts Museum, Malaysia, 2005, p.45; and Dr Muhammad Isa Waley, (ed.), Al-Qur’an, The Sacred Art of Revelation, Islamic Arts Museum, 2014, vol. II, pp.314-315.