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A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO
A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO

NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, 9TH CENTURY OR EARLIER

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A KUFIC QUR'AN FOLIO
NEAR EAST OR NORTH AFRICA, 9TH CENTURY OR EARLIER
Qur'an LXVI, sura al-tahrim, parts v.10 - Qur'an LXVII, sura al-mulk, parts vv.1-13, Arabic manuscript on vellum, verso with 17ll. of neat sepia kufic, verses marked with pyramids of gold dots, occasional verses marked with square gold and polychrome devices, red dot diacritics, sura heading in gold kufic in the margin above a gold and polychrome palmette issued from a chequered band of floral motifs, some losses to the edges
Folio 8¼ x 10½in. (20.6 x 26.2cm.)

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Lot Essay

This Qur'an folio and that of the preceding lot appear to come from a Qur'an, of which a section is in the Bibliothèque Royale in Rabat (inv. 12610, Maroc. Les trésors du royaume, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1999, no. 139, p.101). There the Qur'an is attributed to the Caliph Othman ibn Affan on the basis of a comparable example also attributed to him in the Topkapi (The 1400th Anniversary of the Qur'an, exhibition catalogue, Turkey, 2010, cat.16, pp. 168-69). The Topkapi Qur'an was brought into the museum from the library of Sultan Mahmud I (r.1730-54) which had been located in the Hagia Sophia in 1912. On the face of the manuscript's last page is the inscription "Caliph 'Uthman ibn Affan wrote in the 30th year", taken to mean that it was written by a scribe of the Caliph 'Uthman in the first half of the 1st century AH. Dr. Tayyar Altikulac revisited the Topkapi codex manuscript in 2006 and wrote that even if it had not belonged to 'Uthman it must have been copied from one that did (op.cit., p.17).
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