Lot 222
  • 222

A monumental illuminated Qur’an, Egypt, Mamluk, second half 14th century

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
100,000 GBP
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Arabic manuscript on paper, 392 leaves plus 7 flyleaves, 9 lines to the page, written in muhaqqaq script in black ink, verses separated by gold florets pointed in blue and red, surah headings in simple gold thuluth, f.1a with the left hand page of a double page frontispiece, comprising a central stellar motif of interlocking polygons filled with floral motifs, enclosed by a band of scrolling flowers, text in cartouches above and below in red against a blue floral ground, strapwork borders with large marginal roundel, following double page with illuminated frontispiece with en suite decoration, text within cloud bands against a hatched ground, ff.391b and 392a with illuminated finispiece with corresponding decoration, contemporary brown morocco binding with large stellar motif medallion to centre of each board, knot-work borders, with flap