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Lot 148: AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, PERSIA, QAJAR, MID-19TH CENTURY, WITH LACQUER BINDING SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD HUSAYN, DATED 1279 AH/1862 AD |
October 19, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 231 leaves plus 14 flyleaves, 19 lines to the page, written in neat naskh script in black ink in cloud bands against a gold ground throughout, verses separated by pointed gold florets, surah headings in illuminated foliate panels in gold thuluth against variously coloured grounds, each surah heading accompanied by marginal commentaries within illuminated vertical cartouches in nasta'liq script, catchwords, margins ruled in colours and gold, double page illuminated frontispiece with prayers and index of surahs in colours, gold and silver, following double page with corresponding fine illumination comprising scrolling polychrome flowers against blue and gold grounds, following double page with large leafy scrolls filling the outer margins, lacquer binding with floral motifs, the doublures with prayers
In good overall condition, illumination bright, ink bold and pages clean, binding with losses to lacquer decoration, as viewed.
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Dimensions: 24.5 by 15.8cm.