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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    A SAFAVID QUR'AN JUZ' IN ORIGINAL BINDING

    SIGNED 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD BIN MUQALLA' AND DATED JUMADA I AH 979/1571 AD

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    A SAFAVID QUR'AN JUZ' IN ORIGINAL BINDING
    SIGNED 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD BIN MUQALLA' AND DATED JUMADA I AH 979/1571 AD
    Comprising the 29th juz', Arabic manuscript on paper, 20ff., each folio with 11ll. of black naskh, text panel divided by 3ll. of gold muhaqqaq, all panels within gold rules, bordered by margins decorated with gold floral scrolls, within gold and polychrome frame, gold and polychrome verse roundels, almost every page with medallion containing floral motifs on lapis blue with gold borders, sura headings in gold within panels of gold and polychrome illumination, first folio with illuminated headpiece in gold and polychrome with the title of sura al-mulk in white naskh on gold ground, colophon signed 'Ali bin Muhammad bin Muqalla' and dated Jumada I 979, a few later marginal notes, some minor waterstaining, original morocco binding and flap with stamped and gilt decoration consisting of a central medallion on a Chinese clouds and floral sprays ground, borders decorated with Qur'anic inscription, the doublures with gold, polychrome and découpé decoration, some minor stains
    Text panel 8 3/8 x 5¾in. (21.3 x 14.4cm.); folio 13 7/8 x 9¼ (35.4 x 23cm.)


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    The 14th juz' and the 21st juz' from the same Qur'an are respectively in the Kuwait National Museum (M. Jenkins, Islamic art in the Kuwait National Museum, London, 1983, p.134) and in the Nasser D. Khalili collection (D. James, After Timur, London, 1992, p.206, fig.49).

    This scribe signed two other Qur'ans now in the Nasser D. Khalili and in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul (D. James, ibid, p.212, fig.51).

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