Copies of the Qur'an, as well as illustrated manuscripts, formed part of the trade that passed over the Ottoman-Safavid border in spite of the hostile relations between the two empires that continued for much of the sixteenth century. That Safavid Qur'ans such as this one were particularly cherished in the Ottoman realms is demonstrated by their inclusion among the list of objects brought as gifts by Safavid envoys to the Ottoman court.
A comparable Qur'an to the present manuscript was included in the exhibition Ink and Gold at the Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin and published in the accompanying catalogue (See Fraser & Kwiatkowski 2006, pp.118-121, no.35). The structure of the opening bifolium with surah I and II is directly comparable with that found in a Qur'an sold in these rooms, 9 April 2014, lot 50 and copied during the same period. Other similar Qur'ans were sold in these rooms 27 April 1994, lot 19; 1 April 2009, lot 12; 6 October 2010, lot 15, and 5 October 2010, lot 27.
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