A MINIATURE ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, INDIA, MUGHAL, 17TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 465 leaves plus 5 fly-leaves, 14 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink against a gold ground, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by gold roundels, juz markers in the margins, surah headings in black riqa’ against a gold ground within cartouches, ff.2a-9a with a red and gold surah index, f.10b and f.11a with an illuminated frontispiece, in brown stamped and gilt-leather binding with gilt and polychrome doublures
text panel: 7.3 by 3.8cm.
leaf: 8.9 by 5.3cm.
The margins are clean, some pages with splits and tears, the paper occasionally restored as visible in the incipit bifolium, some stains and rubbing, various ownership stamps, as viewed.
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Christie's London, 16 June 1987, lot 94.
N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.19, pp.96-97.
Of the numerous ownership inscriptions, it is worth noting the seal of Sultan Muhammad Suleyman Mirza Safavi (also known as Sulayman II, who briefly ruled the Safavid empire from 1749-50) and among the other seals, the ones of Hasan Reza Khan (dated 1107 AH/1695-96 AD), Sayyed Husain Ali Khan, Muhammad Irtida Husayn Khan and Su’ad Khan Nazim.