QUR’AN
QUR’AN
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QUR’AN

BUKHARA OR NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1800

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QUR’AN
BUKHARA OR NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1800
Arabic manuscript on paper, 646ff. plus six fly-leaves, each folio with 11ll. of black naskh, with red tajwid reading marks, gold and blue roundel verse markers, sura headings in flowing red naskh within gold ruled panels, opening shamsa, following bifolio fully illuminated surrounding text in clouds on gold ground, gold and polychrome illuminated finispiece, in later striped green textile binding, textile doublures, in brown leather bag
Text panel 5 ¾ x 3in. (14.6 x 7.7cm.); folio 8 ¼ x 5 ¼in. (21 x 13.3cm.)
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A note on the fly-leaf states that the Qur'an was copied by Mirza ‘Abdullah Bayg, the Bukharan scribe (katib-i bukhari). Another note states that Mirza ‘Abdullah was of the royal family of Kish (Timur) and that he received his education in Bukhara and was a pupil of Qari Ahmad.

The illumination of this Qur’an relates to two manuscripts associated with Bukhara and dated to the late 18th and early 19th century which sold at Christie’s South Kensington 28 April 2017, lot 148 (dated 1818 AD) and lot 147 (dated 1828-29 AD). However this manuscript clearly follows the Indian tradition for Qur’an manuscripts, in particular the bold naskh script, the overall layout of the text and the marking of the Qur’anic sections. Whilst the scribe signs this work as Katib Bukhari, the ‘Bukharan’ scribe, and was born and trained in Bukhara it is unclear where he copied this manuscript: in Central Asia, Afghanistan or northern India.
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