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A QUR'AN JUZ' IN ORIGINAL BINDING
A QUR'AN JUZ' IN ORIGINAL BINDING
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A QUR'AN JUZ' IN ORIGINAL BINDING

ATTRIBUTABLE TO 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD BIN MUQALLA', IRAN, CIRCA 1570

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A QUR'AN JUZ' IN ORIGINAL BINDING
ATTRIBUTABLE TO 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD BIN MUQALLA', IRAN, CIRCA 1570
Comprising the 8th juz, Arabic manuscript on paper, 17ff. plus one fly leaf, each folio with 8ll. of black naskh divided and alternated with 3ll. of gold muhaqqaq, all panels within gold rules, naskh panels bordered with panels of gold floral scrolls, text panels within gold and polychrome verse roundels, occasional marginal medallions containing floral motifs on lapis-blue ground with gold borders, opening folio with illuminated headpiece in gold and polychrome with heading written in white naskh on gold ground cusped cartouche set inside bands of gold strapwork, in original morocco binding with flap decorated with stamped and gilt panels consisting of a central medallion on a ground of stylised cloud bands and floral sprays, borders with minor cartouches of Quranic inscriptions in elegant muhaqqaq, doublures with gold and polychrome découpé decoration, minor marginal repairs, otherwise good condition
Text panel 8¼ x 5¼in. (20.9 x 13.3cm.); folio 13 7/8 x 9¼in. (35.3 x 23.5cm.)

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The 14th juz' and the 21st juz' from the same Qur'an are respectively in the Kuwait National Museum (M. Jenkins, Islamic art in the Kuwait National Museum, London, 1983, p.134) and in the Nasser D. Khalili collection (D. James, After Timur, London, 1992, p.206, fig.49).

This scribe to which this juz' is attributed, 'Ali bin Muhammad bin Muqalla', also signed the 29th juz' which was sold in these Rooms, 31 March 2009, lot 51. Two further Qur'ans signed by him are now in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection and in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul (D. James, ibid, fig.51, p.212).

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