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An illuminated miniature octagonal Qur’an, Persia, Possibly Tabriz, Safavid, 16th century
Estimate
18,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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An illuminated miniature octagonal Qur’an, Persia, Possibly Tabriz, Safavid, 16th century
Estimate
18,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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An illuminated miniature octagonal Qur’an, Persia, Possibly Tabriz, Safavid, 16th century
Arabic manuscript on paper, 403 leaves, 11 lines to the page, written in naskh script in black ink, verses separated by gold dots, surah headings in white thuluth against a gold ground, opening double page frontispiece decorated with floral gold and polychrome interlace, further double illumianated page with surah al-Fatihah, in contemporaneous gilt-stamped leather binding decorated with fine interlacing palmettes, in later fitted silver-gilt jewelled case
4.4 by 4.4cm.
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Catalogue Note

Octagonal Qur’ans, also called sancak, became popular from the seventeenth century onwards and sixteenth century examples are rare. Often used as amulets to carry on one's person, especially during times of conflict, they were written in a very small script called ghubar (literally 'dust'). Sancak Qur’ans were usually kept in small fitted boxes which could be attached to battle standards. Although lacking a date, the opening bifolium of this sancak Qur’an and its binding are closely comparable with examples made in Persia, and particularly Tabriz in the sixteenth century. The binding, likely the original, is a fine example of Persian craftsmanship of the time. The delicate interlacing clouds and scrolls recall those on a Qur’an dated 959 AH/1552 AD and attributed to Shiraz or Qazvin, now in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Acc. No.QUR729, published in James 1992, p.173).

Arts of the Islamic World including Fine Rugs and Carpets

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