An illuminated octagonal miniature Qur'an, copied by Abdullah bin Abdul-Rahman bin Abdullah al-Salhani al-Dimashqi Ottoman, probably Syria, dated 6 Rabi al-Awwal 1221/25th May 1806(2)
Lot 39
An illuminated octagonal miniature Qur'an, copied by Abdullah bin Abdul-Rahman bin Abdullah al-Salhani al-Dimashqi Ottoman, probably Syria, dated 6 Rabi al-Awwal 1221/25th May 1806(2)
Sold for £9,600 (US$ 15,675) inc. premium

Lot Details
An illuminated octagonal miniature Qur'an, copied by Abdullah bin Abdul-Rahman bin Abdullah al-Salhani al-Dimashqi
Ottoman, probably Syria, dated 6 Rabi al-Awwal 1221/25th May 1806
Arabic manuscript on blue paper, 128 leaves, approximately 33 lines to the page written in ghubari script in white, inner margins ruled in gold, sura headings written in white within blank panels, outer margins of folios 1a-2a richly decorated with intertwining floral and vegetal motifs in gold and some colours, aubergine-coloured morocco with outer covers and doublures decorated in gold, in silver metal case
45 x 44 mm.(2)

Footnotes

  • Miniature Qur'ans written in ghubari script in gold are extremely rare. The tradition of writing in gold on coloured parchment or paper can be traced back to Byzantine times when official and liturgical documents were written in gold on purple and blue parchment. The earliest surviving Islamic manuscript using this method is a Qur'an written in gold kufic on blue vellum, probably at Kairouan, Tunisia, in the early 10th Century. See T. Falk (ed.), Treasures of Islam, Musee d'Art et d'histoire, Geneva 1985, p. 36, no. 3.

    A miniature Qur'an written in gold on blue paper commissioned for the library of Sultan Abdulaziz (reg. 1876-1904) was sold in these rooms, Islamic and Indian Art, 2nd April 2009, lot 19. For an earlier Persian miniature octagonal Qur'an written in gold on blue paper, dated AH 1081/AD 1671, see K. von Folsach, Art from the World of Islam in the David Collection, Copenhagen 2001, p. 61, no. 12.
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