• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 261

    QUR'AN

    SIGNED 'UMAR KNOWN AS ZARIFI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED RAMADAN AH 1195/AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 1781 AD

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    QUR'AN
    SIGNED 'UMAR KNOWN AS ZARIFI, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED RAMADAN AH 1195/AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 1781 AD
    Arabic manuscript on paper, 331ff. plus 4 fly-leaves, each folio with 15ll. of black naskh, gold rosettes between verses, text panels within gold and blue rules and margins, catchwords, sura headings in white naskh on gold ground within panels of polychrome floral illumination, polychrome illuminated marginal medallions marking each juz' and sajda, hizb markers in gold thuluth, opening bifolio with sura al-fatiha and the beginning of sura al-baqara framed with gold and polychrome illumination, colophon giving name of scribe and date of Ramadan 1781 and stating that it was copied as a commission for Ahmad Efendi bin Ibrahim al-Baljiqi, very minor areas of smudging and staining, in original green morocco with flap and gilt stamped medallions and spandrels, with associated brown morocco slip case
    Text panel 4½ x 2 3/8in. (11.4 x 6.2cm.); folio 6 3/8 x 4¼in. (16.1 x 10.8cm.)


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