20 October 2016,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 5,000
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
SIGNED MUSTAFA RAQIM A STUDENT OF 'ABDULLAH, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED MONDAY MUHARRAM AH 1154/APRIL-MAY 1741 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 322ff. seven fly-leaves, 15ll. of small elegant black naskh, gold and polychrome roundel verse markers, sura headings of white thuluth within illuminated cartouches, text within gold and black frame, catchwords, finely illuminated marginal medallions, opening bifolio heavily illuminated, colophon signed and dated and stating that this is Mustafa Raqim's 74th copy of the Qur'an, in Qajar lacquer binding
Text panel 3 ¾ x 2in. (9.3 x 5.2cm.); folio 5 5/8 x 3 ½in. (14.3 x 8.8cm.)
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Another Qur'an by Mustafa Raqim, dated AH 1143/1730-31 AD sold at Christie's South Kensington, 7 April 2006, lot 443. It appears that this scribe is not the well-known Ottoman scribe Mustafa Raqim who was born in 1757 AD but one of his predecessors.
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