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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 381

    AN OTTOMAN QUR'AN SECTION

    TURKEY, 16TH CENTURY

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    AN OTTOMAN QUR'AN SECTION
    TURKEY, 16TH CENTURY
    Composed of 5 suras, Arabic manuscript on paper, 78ff. plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 7ll. of strong naskh in alternating black and gold, text panels within blue and gold rules, verse roundels in gold and polychrome, sura headings in white on gold cartouches within panels of gold and polychrome illumination, opening folio with similarly illuminated headpiece, some rubbed owner's seal impressions, and few folios with some staining, in original brown morocco with flap decorated with stamped gilt central panel, the doublures with gilt decoupé decoration forming cartouches on red, blue, green and black ground
    Folio 7¼ x 4 7/8in. (10.9 x 6.6cm.); text panel 4¼ x 2 5/8in. (10.9 x 6.5cm.)


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    This manuscript is composed of a collection of five suras that all begin with the word al-hamd. They include, Qur'an I, Sura al-Fatiha, Qur'an VI, Sura al-An'am, Qur'an XVIII, Sura al-Kahf, Qur'an XXXIV, Sura al-Saba, and Qur'an XXXV, Sura al-Fatir.

    Another copy of the Five Suras, dated circa 1350-1420 AD, is lot 25 of the present sale.

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