A large illuminated Qur'an probably Persia, [India????MB] 16th Century
Lot 11
A large illuminated Qur'an Safavid Persia, probably Shiraz, 16th Century
Sold for £22,800 (US$ 36,545) inc. premium

Lot Details
A large illuminated Qur'an
Safavid Persia, probably Shiraz, 16th Century
Arabic manuscript on thin gold-sprinkled paper, 351 leaves, 12 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red, illuminated markers decorated with blue dots between verses, inner margins ruled in colours and gold, illuminated devices in wide margins, sura headings written in thuluth script in white within illuminated panels, one illuminated headpiece at the beginning of surat al-Baqarah preceded by a double page of fine illumination with two shamsas incorporating surat al-Fatihah and an illuminated frontispiece with a third shamsa incorporating verses relating to the Qur'an, ending with three double pages of fine illumination incorporating the last sura and the Falnama (divinations), some damage to illuminated leaves with loss of parts of illuminated areas, crudely repaired, edges frayed, some gatherings detached or loose, contemporary binding of black morocco, covers and doublures lavishly decorated with stamped central medallions of gilt leather onlay, central medallions and border panels decorated with gilt filigree on orange, blue and green, worn with loss of small areas of decoration, with flap
342 x 230 mm.
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