AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY IBN ‘ABD AL-SAMI’ MUHAMMAD BAQIR, QAJAR, PERSIA, DATED 126 AH/1845-46 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 280 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 14 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, interlinear Persian translation in red nasta’liq, ruled in blue, red, green and gold, verses separated by gold and polychrome roundels, surah headings in gold riqa’ against a blue ground within cartouches, gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins, polychrome and gold hisb and juz' markers in the margins, marginal texts in nasta’liq within clouds against a gold ground, f.1b and f.2a with a double-page illuminated index of surahs, f.2b and f.3a with a double-page spread of illumination consisting of a central lobed panel with gold naskh against a blue ground, f.3b and f.4a with a double page of illumination, lacquer binding
text panel: 21.4 by 12.3cm.
leaf: 30.9 by 19cm.
The margins are clean, some stains and smudges, minor losses to the illumination, which is bright and crisp, some damages to the binding, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.12, pp.64-71.
The Qur’an was commissioned by a certain Aqa Mirza Muhammad Mah[di]…