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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 17



    Price Realised  


    Qur'an LXXXI, Sura al-Takwir, vv. 13-15, manuscript on pink paper, with 5ll. of bold sepia Andalusian maghribi, letter pointing and vocalisation in gold, gold roundels between verses containing abjad letters in blue, white and red, every fifth verse marked with a drop-shaped device in the margin, every tenth with a larger roundel, slight smudging and flaking
    13¼ x 10¼in. (33.7 x 26.5cm.)

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    This is an example of a leaf from a Qur'an, other leaves of which have appeared at auction in recent years. Its attribution to Spain is based on the use of paper. In North Africa, parchment remained the preferred material for the writing of Qur'ans into the 19th century. Spain, however, had been manufacturing and using high quality paper for manuscripts of all kinds for some time. The manuscript is notable for the use of pink paper and for the freely written manner in which the script is used with the terminals of the letters sweeping over the page, in contrast to the very precise way in which the vocalisation and illumination is handled.

    Other leaves from this manuscript have been offered in these Rooms, 1 May 2001, lot 2, 16 October 2001, lot 3 and 10 October 2000, lot 2. Leaves also exist in various public and private collections. For example see Falk, T, Treasures of Islam, Geneva, London, 1985, p.39).

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