AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY ABDULLAH B. ALI NAQI AHMED, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 1139 AH/1726 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 269 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 30 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, the Persian interlinear in red nasta’liq, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, surah headings in red riqa against a gold ground within cartouches, gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins, later Qajar marginal texts in shikasteh within gold cartouches, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, in lacquer binding
text panel: 17.3 by 9.8cm.
leaf: 22.2 by 14.5cm.
The margins have been cropped but are overall clean, minor stains and some rubbing, European numerals to mark the pages on the top left corner, damages to the spine resulting in some quires loose, minor losses to the illumination and some restoration to the paper, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.8, pp.54-55.