Lot 18
  • 18

A Large Illuminated Qur'an, Persia, Safavid, 15th century with later additions

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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  • Ink, Gouache & Gold on Paper
Arabic manuscript on paper, 288 leaves, 58 remargined, 12 to 14 lines per page, written in elegant Rayhani script on gold sprinkled paper, verses separated by gold roundels embellished with a red and blue dots, surah headings in white Thuluth against gold ground panels with blue borders, margins ruled in colours and gold, outer margins with illuminated roundels composed of a thick gold band enclosing polychrome flowers against a blue ground, opening illuminated double page frontispiece, decorated with gold triangular elements and central cartouches containing the opening surah text in white against a ground of scrolling flowers, the interstices filled with chinoisérie cloudbands and polychrome flowers, dark tan morocco binding, with central cartouche and cornerpieces gilt stamped and decorated with leafy vines, with flap