Thirteen Qur'an leaves Persia, 15th Century
Lot 10
A large Qur'an leaf in gold and black muhaqqaq script Persia, probably Shiraz, 1525-1550
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Thirteen Qur'an leaves Persia, 15th Century
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A large Qur'an leaf in gold and black muhaqqaq script
Persia, probably Shiraz, 1525-1550
Arabic manuscript on cream-coloured paper, 12 lines to the page, each line written in elegant muhaqqaq script in alternating gold and black within a panel of alternating light-green and brown, text interspersed with illuminated florets, margins ruled in colours and gold, illuminated devices in wide margins, one sura heading written in naskhi script in white on a gold ground within an illuminated panel, some losses to corners of leaf, framed
435 x 293 mm.

Footnotes

  • Text:
    sura XVII, al-Isra' or Bani Isra'il, part of verse 107-verse 111 (end of sura); sura XVIII, al-Kahf, The Cave, verse 1-part of verse 15.

    This leaf comes from a dispersed manuscript of the Qur'an and epitomises the high quality of work being done in cities like Shiraz at this date. The use of muhaqqaq (favoured because of its flowing form) and of alternating black and gold, are typical, but the green and brown sprinkling is much less so.

    Another folio from the same Qur'an is in the Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (see David James, After Timur: Qur'ans of the 15th and 16th Centuries, Oxford 1992, pp. 170-171, no. 42).

    Other leaves from the manuscript have appeared at Sotheby's, 23rd November 1976, lots 317-319; 3rd May 1977, lots 96-100; 18th July 1978, lots 177-79; 9th October 1978, lots 3-4; 24th April 1979, lots 229-235; 23rd April 1997, lot 44; 15th October 1998, lot 29; 3rd May 2001, lot 13; 30th April 2003, lot 6. A single leaf appeared in these rooms, Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, 10th April 2008, lot 19.
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