AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN BIFOLIUM, MESOPOTAMIA, PROBABLY BAGHDAD, 13TH/14TH CENTURY
text: surah Yusuf (XII), middle of v.40 end to end of v.52
Arabic manuscript on paper, 7 lines to the page, first, fourth and seventh written in muhaqqaq in gold ink outlined in black, the remaining text in black naskh, ruled in gold and blue, verses separated by polychrome and gold
rosettes, round ashr verse markers, 2 gold and polychrome round and tear-shaped verse markers in the margin
each leaf: 45.7 by 31cm.
In generally good condition, the margins are clean but have been affected by stains and humidity, one upper corner extensively restored, minor abrasion and smudges, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."