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QUR'AN

IRAN OR ANATOLIA, 13TH/14TH CENTURY

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QUR'AN
IRAN OR ANATOLIA, 13TH/14TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 274ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each folio with 13ll. of small black naskh framed above and below by a further line of larger script, sura headings in gold thuluth or kufic issuing gold and polychrome rosettes into the margins, each sura followed by lines of commentary in red riqa' giving details about the place of revelation and the numbers of words and verses, the commentary sometimes framed by scrolls, numerous marginal medallions in gold and polychrome marking divisions in the text, first 3ff. replaced, the first bifolio with pasted down Mamluk frontispiece with blue and gold illuminated headings framing text, lacking final sura at the end, light smudging and staining, some marginal repairs, in later worn red morocco with flap and stamped central medallion with pendants and spandrels, paper covered doublures
Folio 12¼ x 9½in. (31.1 x 24.1cm.)
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Lot Essay

Before each sura is a scholarly introduction which gives details including the place and circumstances of the revelation.

The layout of the text in this Qur’an with two lines of muhaqqaq framing smaller lines of naskh is a feature shared by other Ilkhanid Qur’ans. Of note is an Ilkhanid Qur’an in the Türk ve Islam Eserleri Müzesi in Istanbul attributed to the end of the 14th century (1400. Yilinda Kur'an-i Kerim, exhibition catalogue, Istanbul, 2010, kat.56, pp. 252-53). However the kufic sura headings and the large gold and polychrome illuminated roundels are similar to those found on a Qur’an also in the collection of the Türk ve Islam Eserleri Müzesi but attributed to the Seljuk Anatolia, possibly Konya and dating to the 13th century, (1400. Yilinda Kur'an-i Kerim, exhibition catalogue, op.cit., kat.49, pp.232-33).
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