TWO CONSECUTIVE QUR’AN LEAVES IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD
TWO CONSECUTIVE QUR’AN LEAVES IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD
TWO CONSECUTIVE QUR’AN LEAVES IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD
TWO CONSECUTIVE QUR’AN LEAVES IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD
TWO CONSECUTIVE QUR’AN LEAVES IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD
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TWO CONSECUTIVE QUR’AN LEAVES IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

TWO CONSECUTIVE QUR’AN LEAVES IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD

Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP

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Description

TWO CONSECUTIVE QUR’AN LEAVES IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 12TH-13TH CENTURY AD


text: surah al-Bayyinah (XCVIII), middle of v.5 to surah al-Zalzalah, v.2 

Arabic manuscript on thick pink paper, 5 lines to the page, written in large and bold Maghribi script, vocalisation in gold, verses separated by illuminated roundels containing ‘abjad letters in white and red, surah heading 


each leaf: 33.4 by 25.5cm.

Condition Report

In generally good condition, the margins are clean but showing some losses especially to the edges, these losses do not affect the text, some stains and rubbing, some flaking and losses to the illumination, as viewed.


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Catalogue Note

This is a fine example of Islamic manuscript production from the Muslim west, and the twenty-volume Qur'an from which this leaf originates is remarkable in many ways. It was written on paper, which in medieval Islamic Spain was unusual, vellum still being the preferred material for the writing of the Qur'an. The paper was dyed pink, a rare luxury aspect; the script is a fine example of large scale Maghribi (the marking of the hamzas indicating a probable Andalusian origin) and the spacious arrangement of the script on the page allowed for the clear marking of the diacritics and vocalisation in colours and gold and the elaborate illuminated devices between verses. A particularly unusual aspect of the verse divisions is the use of 'abjad letters to mark the exact verse count of every verse. The illumination of the devices marking the verse divisions is of very high quality and the size of the devices allows the use of a relatively complex design, as witnessed in the present example.


A bifolium from the same manuscript is in the David Collection, Copenhagen (see von Folsach 2001, no.5, p.57). A section from the same Qur'an, containing 215 leaves, formerly in the collection of Maréchal Lyautey, was sold at the Hotel Georges V, Paris, 30 October 1975, lot 488, and subsequently in these rooms, 14 April 1976, lot 247. Single leaf and bifolia were sold in these rooms 3 October 2012, lot 17 and 6 April 2011, The Stuart Cary Welch Collection, Part One, lot 11; 8 October 2014, lot 13; 22 April 2015, lot 51; 7 October 2015, lot 204; 25 October 2017, lot 10 and 25 April 2018, lot 4.

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