• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 229

    QUR'AN

    SIGNED HAFIZ MUHAMMAD RASHID AL-MUSHTAHIR BI AYYUBI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED THE END OF RAJAB AH 1263/JULY 1847 AD

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    QUR'AN
    SIGNED HAFIZ MUHAMMAD RASHID AL-MUSHTAHIR BI AYYUBI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED THE END OF RAJAB AH 1263/JULY 1847 AD
    Arabic manuscript on paper, 311ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each folio with 15ll. of black naskh, with gold and polychrome rosette verse markers, sura headings in white naskh on gold ground within floral illuminated cartouche, within polychrome rules and thick gold frame, with marginal floral illuminated medallions, marginal sajda and hizb in gold naskh, catchwords, the heavily illuminated opening bifolio with dense polychrome foliage over gold ground around 7ll. of naskh in cloud bands on gold ground, gilt green paper doublures, weaknesses in the gutters, first and last folios stuck on the fly-leaves, in original silvered and gilt brown morocco, minor rubbing
    Text panel 3¾ x 2 1/8in. (9.6 x 5.4cm.); folio 7¼ x 4 5/8in. (18.4 x 11.6cm.)


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    This Qur'an was given to Badr al-Din al-Hassani (a religious scholar) by Jamal Pasha al-Saffah (the Ottoman governor of Syria). Al-Hassani gave the Qur'an to his son who was Taj al-Din al-Hassani (President of Syria between 1941-1943). It has come thence by decent to the present owner.

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