AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY ‘ABD AL-RAHIM KASHMIRI, NORTH INDIA, MUGHAL, DATED 1158 AH/1745-46 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 274 leaves plus 1 fly-leaves, 15 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink within clouds against a gold ground, ruled in gold, black and gold, verses separated by gold round, surah headings in white rounded cursive against a gold ground within cartouches outlined in green, gold and blue verse markes in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with a polychrome and gold incipit frame, six additional double-page with gold illuminated margins consisting of interlacing scrolls and flowers marking each manzil, f.272b and f.273a with a finispiece bifolium decorated with gold margins, in leather gilt and stamped binding
22.5 by 12.7cm.
In overall good condition, the margins are clean, with only minor annotations and restorations affecting mainly the lower side; the incipit page with minor losses to the painting and minor stains throughout, minor areas of restoration mainly to the corners and a small tear affecting the inside border of f.1b; minor smudges to the texts, and several later notes on the last folios. The binding with scratches and losses, as viewed.
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The illuminated double-page frontispiece, decorated with interlacing flower scrolls within strap-work borders, is typical of the Mughal period. For a comparable opening see a Qur’an dated 1145 AH/1732-33 AD, sold in these rooms, 19 October 2016, lot 180. The scribe, originally from Kashmir, concluded the colophon stating a date in Persian numerals rather than the more common Arabic.