AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (IV), EGYPT OR SYRIA, MAMLUK, CIRCA 1400
surah al-‘Imran (III) v.92 to surah al-Nisa (IV) v.23
Arabic manuscript on thick pink paper, 31 leaves, plus 2 fly-leaves, 7 lines to the page, written in rayhani in black ink, the word Allah in gold outlined in black, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, 1 surah heading in gold rounded cursive, gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins, f.1a with a gold and polychrome heading (‘unwan), f.1b and f.2a with a polychrome and gold frame consisting of 3 lines of black rayhani against a red-etched ground, framed above and below by large thuluth in white against blue-ground within cartouches, in brown stamped and gilt binding decorated with a central roundel, the doublures with interlacing designs
28.7 by 20.4cm.
In overall good condition, the margins are clean, the pages have been number with Arabic numerals on the upper margins, minor stains and rubbing to the ink and illumination, occasional minor paper restorations, the contemporaneous binding restored, as viewed.
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Another juz (V) from this series was sold in these rooms, 26 April 1995, lot 16 and later on 5 October 2011, lot 63. Juz XXVII was offered at Christie’s London, 17 October 1995, lot 15 and juz II on 26 April 1994, lot 34.