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    Sale 12241

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    20 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 74

    QUR'AN

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD SADIQ AL-ISFAHANI, QAJAR IRAN, DATED 20 RABI' II AH 1233/17 FEBRUARY 1818 AD

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    QUR'AN
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD SADIQ AL-ISFAHANI, QAJAR IRAN, DATED 20 RABI' II AH 1233/17 FEBRUARY 1818 AD
    Arabic manuscript on paper, 269ff., two fly-leaves, each folio with 14ll. of strong black naskh, interlinear red nasta'liq Persian translation, text panels within gold and polychrome rule, catchwords, marginal medallions marking hizb, nisf and juz', khams and 'ashr marked in small red naskh, opening bifolio with elegant gold and polychrome illumination framing 6ll. of text in clouds reserved against gold ground, preceding bifolio with illumination framing medallions full of gold calligraphy, final bifolio similar, first fly-leaf with copious later owner's notes, in Qajar lacquer binding with floral motif surrounded by calligraphic cartouches, the doublures with irises
    Text panel 6 3/8 x 3½in. (16.3 x 9cm.); folio 8¾ x 5½in. (22.3 x 13.8cm.)


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    The colophon of this manuscript states that it is the 130th copy that the scribe wrote. Two others by him, dated AH 1192/1778-79 AD and AH 1216/1801-02 AD, are in the Gulistan Palace Library. His 114th Qur'an dated AH 1215/1800-01 AD is recorded as being in the collection of Khanom Azar Mahdavi (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Tehran 1346 sh., pp.1187-1188).

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    Please note that the Gulf Cooperation Council has imposed a ban on the importation of Iranian goods to or via its member states.  Some of the member states are enforcing the ban strictly such as Saudi Arabia.  Please check with your shippers on whether you will be able to ship Iranian artworks to the GCC member states.


    Pre-Lot Text

    A MIDDLE EASTERN COLLECTION OF QAJAR MANUSCRIPTS