A LARGE ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY HASAN AL-RUSHDI, EGYPT, OTTOMAN, DATED 1170 AH/1757 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 406 leaves plus 4 fly-leaves, 11 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, surah headings in white riqa’ against a gold ground within polychrome cartouches, gold and polychrome juz and sajdahs markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, f.406a with the colophon written in naskh within clouds against a gold ground, in gilt-stamped leather binding, with flap
text panel: 24.2 by 13.2cm.
leaf: 32.5 by 19.8cm.
The margins are clean, minor smudges to the ink, some rubbing and stains, minor smudges and losses to the illumination, the flap detached, as viewed.
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Sold in these rooms, 28 April 1981, lot 285.
N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.30, pp.132-9.