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An illuminated Qur'an juz' with original signed binding, Egypt, Mamluk, 14th century
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8,00012,000
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An illuminated Qur'an juz' with original signed binding, Egypt, Mamluk, 14th century
Estimate
8,00012,000
JUMP TO LOT

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An illuminated Qur'an juz' with original signed binding, Egypt, Mamluk, 14th century
text: surah al-Mulk (LXVII), v.28 to surah al-Qalam (LXVIII), v.52; surah al-Haqqah (LXIX), vv.20-35; surah al-Ma'raji (LXX), vv.13-29; surah Nuh (LXXI), vv.1-28; surah al-Jin (LXXII), vv.1-8, vv.23-28; surah al-Muzzammil (LXXIII), vv.1-20; surah al-Muddaththir (LXXIV), vv.1-28); surah al-Qiyamah (LXXV), vv.12-31; surah al-Insan (LXXVI), vv.2-24; surah al-Mursalat (LXXVII), vv.17-33, 47-50.
Arabic manuscript on paper, 21 leaves, loose in binding, 5 lines to the page written in black naskh script, verses separated by polychrome and gold rosettes, margins with gold and polychrome verse markers, 4 surah headings in gold muhaqqaq against scrolls decorated with blue and red half-palmettes, in brown Mamluk stamped and tooled binding with a central roundel with geometrical design, the upper and lower corners signed 'amal Tabrizi/Nayrizi
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Catalogue Note

Signed medieval bindings are rare. Bosch, Carswell and Petherbridge list nine bindings bearing an inscription within roundels, seven of which record the name of the maker (nos.2, 10, 31, 33, 35, 36, 41 have a round cartouche, no.30 has a square one, in Bosch 1981). The nisba Tabrizi or Nayrizi suggests that the binder was a Persian emigree working in the Mamluk empire which was not uncommon in the fourteenth century (for a very close comparable see no.33 in Bosch 1981). Another juz’, part of the same Qur’an and with a binding signed in the same fashion, was sold in these rooms, 14 October 1999, lot 11.

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