Lot 7
  • 7

TWO ILLUMINATED QUR’AN LEAVES, MESOPOTAMIA, 14TH CENTURY |

Estimate
7,000 - 10,000 GBP
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Description

  • 49.2 by 36cm. each
text: surah al- An’am (VI) v.1 to end of v.7; surah al-A’raf (VII) v.114 to end of v.129Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 9 lines to the page written in thuluth script in black ink, one surah heading in gold thuluth outlined in black within clouds against a hatched red background decorated with palmettes within a gold and polychrome cartouche, verses marked by gold rosettes, gold and polychrome medallions in the margins

Condition

In good condition, minor stains and rubbing, some restoration to the paper not affecting the text, minor flaking and repainting to the illumination, as viewed.
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Catalogue Note

The medallions in the margins recall those found on a folio in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv.no.1979.295.7), of drop form, decorated with interlacing gold palmettes on a coloured ground. The red etching and palmette design in the surah heading as well as the gold and polychrome floral design recall similar examples produced in Baghdad during the fourteenth century (see James 1988, p.73).