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    Sale 12283

    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 34

    QUR'AN

    SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    QUR'AN
    SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY
    Arabic manuscript, 359 ff., five fly-leaves, 13ll. to the page, the first and last in elegant blue muhaqqaq, the intermediate in fine gold muhaqqaq, each framing two panels of 5ll. of tight black naskh, between gold and polychrome rules, with gold and polychrome roundel verse markers, sura headings in white thuluth on gold within illuminated cartouches, with marginal illuminated markers, opening bifolio with carpet-page illumination, first bifolio of text with illuminated headpiece and text in cloudbands on gold ground, last sura followed by prayers on illuminated ground, in black morocco, the flap with original stamped and decoupe decoration, remains of this decoration to the back inside cover
    Text panel 6 ¾ x 3 7/8in. (17 x 9.8cm.); folio 11 ¾ x 6 ¾in. (29.8 x 17.8cm.)


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