Four Timurid Qur'an leaves on coloured paper (4)
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Four Timurid Qur'an leaves on coloured paper Persia, second half of the 15th Century(4)
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Four Timurid Qur'an leaves on coloured paper (4) Four Timurid Qur'an leaves on coloured paper (4) Four Timurid Qur'an leaves on coloured paper (4)
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Four Timurid Qur'an leaves on coloured paper
Persia, second half of the 15th Century
Arabic manuscript on pale blue, deep blue, pale pink and purple gold-sprinkled Chinese paper, four leaves, 15 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink with diacritics and vowel points in black and red ink, gold roundels with blue dots marking verses, sura headings in larger riqa' script in gold within gold-outlined panels, inner margins ruled in blue and gold, marginal devices in blue and gold marking the fifth and tenth lines, trimmed, some smudging and reinking of text, edges frayed, in mounts
290 x 228 mm. and slightly smaller(4)

Footnotes

  • Text:
    Sura Mujaddallah, until end of verse 22; sura Hadid.
    sura Ahqaf, beginning of verse 30-end of verse 35; beginning of sura Muhammad.
    sura Waqiah, last three verses; sura Hadid, verse 1-juz 27, part of verse 14-26.
    sura Muhammad, to the end of the sura; sura Fath, verses 1-10.

    Links between the Timurid and Ming rulers increased after diplomatic exchanges in the first twenty years of the 15th Century. As a result of this a fashion developed for using Chinese paper in a variety of colours in manuscripts, more frequently poetry. For other examples of Timurid Qur'ans using such paper, see D. J. Roxburgh, Turks: a Journey of a Thousand Years 600-1600, London 2005, no. 178, pp. 228 and 421; and Sotheby's Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures, London, 26th April 1995, lot 29.
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