London, South Kensington
18 April 2016
A LARGE QUR’AN
MUGHAL INDIA, 18TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 324ff. plus seven fly-leaves, each folio with 12ll. of black naskh script with red Persian interlinear translation, text panel within gold and polychrome rules, blue and red, gold roundel verse markers, sura headings in red naskh script, catchwords, opening bifolio with gold and polychrome illumination, following folio with illuminated headpiece, occasional water staining, in stamped brown leather binding with nasta'liq inscription
Text panel 9 x 4 7/8in. (23 x 12.5 cm.); folio 12 ½ x 8in. (31.5 x 20.3cm.)
Christie's London, 22 November 1984, lot 117
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The binding of this Qur'an is taken from an Indian copy of al-Bukhari's Sahih as given by the finely stamped inscription on the covers' central medallions. The binding is dated AH 1137/1724-25 AD.
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