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    Sale 7715

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    31 March 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    QUR'AN

    SIGNED AHMAD AL-RAFIQ, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1261/1844-45 AD

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    QUR'AN
    SIGNED AHMAD AL-RAFIQ, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1261/1844-45 AD
    Arabic manuscript on paper, 308ff. plus 4 fly-leaves, each folio with 15ll. of tiny black naskh, gold rosettes between verses, sura headings in white naskh on gold ground within panels of polychrome floral illumination, polychrome illuminated marginal medallions marking each juz' and sajda, text panels within gold and pink rules and margins, the opening bifolio with sura al-fatiha and sura al-baqara framed by gold and polychrome illumination, colophon with floral polychrome illuminations and floral gilt margins signed Al-Sayyid Ahmad al-Rafiq min talamidh Ahmad al-Dharifi and dated AH 1261, very minor areas of smudging and staining, in original brown morocco with flap with gilt geometric decoration
    Text panel 3 x 2¾in. (7.5 x 4.5cm.); folio 5 x 3 1/8in. (12.6 x 8.2cm.)


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