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Lot 162: A LARGE ILLUMINATED QUR'AN LEAF, YEMEN OR PERSIA, MAMLUK OR ILKHANID, 13TH/14TH CENTURY |
October 19, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
text: surah al-fath (XLVIII), part of verse 29 to end of surah; surah al-hujurat (XLIX), verse 1 to part of verse 12
Arabic manuscript on paper, 12 and 13 lines to the page, written in naskh script in black ink, the first and last in larger muhaqqaq script outlined in gold, the centre line in gold, recto with illuminated surah heading in white Kufic script against a gold ground decorated with flowers and floral panels, with tear-drop motif extending into the margin, verses separated by gold florets, 2 illuminated marginal devices, one marking the tenth verse with the word 'ashr' at the centre, the other marking the fifth
In fair overall condition, water stain to upper margin, various other stains and off-setting, paper repairs to the text with some re-inking, particularly recto upper and lower lines, as viewed.
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Dimensions: 39 by 31.5cm.