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QUR'AN JUZ' XXI
SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on buff paper, 26ff. plus 4 fly-leaves, each folio with 7ll. of elegant black muhaqqaq, gold and polychrome roundels marking the end of each verse, sura headings in gold within cartouches in panels of gold and polychrome illumination, text panels within gold and polychrome rules, marginal medallions in gold and polychrome, the word Allah picked out in gold throughout, opening bifolio with gold and polychrome illumination and the text in lines of alternating black and gold in cloud bands reserved against similarly illuminated ground, in brown morocco with large panel of stamped and tooled gilded decoration, the doublures decorated with gilded decoupé arabesque spandrels and central medallion over blue, green and yellow panels, minor water staining and worm holing
Text panel 8 3/8 x 5 3/8in. (21.2 x 13.8cm.); folio 14 x 9¼in. (35.5 x 23.4cm.)
Provenance
Anon sale in these Rooms, 8 April 2008, lot 193
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Lot Essay

Other juz' from this Qur'an have sold at auction. The 11th was sold in these Rooms, 8 April 2008, lot 193 and the 15th was sold 7 October 2008, lot 310. Others have sold in Sotheby's, London, 28 April 1993, lot 133 and 13 October 1989, lot 92. In addition the 25th juz' from the same Qur'an, similarly attributed to 17th Century Safavid Iran, was published in Nabil F. Safwat, A Collector's Eye: Islamic Calligraphy in Qur'ans and other Manuscripts, London, 2010, no. 6, pp. 46-49.
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