AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MIR HAFIZ IBRAHIM, KNOWN AS AL-'AFIF, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1245 AH/1829-30 AD
AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MIR HAFIZ IBRAHIM, KNOWN AS AL-'AFIF, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1245 AH/1829-30 AD
AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MIR HAFIZ IBRAHIM, KNOWN AS AL-'AFIF, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1245 AH/1829-30 AD
AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MIR HAFIZ IBRAHIM, KNOWN AS AL-'AFIF, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1245 AH/1829-30 AD
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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MIR HAFIZ IBRAHIM, KNOWN AS AL-'AFIF, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1245 AH/1829-30 AD

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MIR HAFIZ IBRAHIM, KNOWN AS AL-'AFIF, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1245 AH/1829-30 AD

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot Sold:8,750GBP

Lot Details

Description

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MIR HAFIZ IBRAHIM, KNOWN AS AL-'AFIF, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1245 AH/1829-30 AD


Arabic manuscript on light green paper, 304 leaves plus 4 fly-leaves, 15 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold, black and red, verses separated by gold and polychrome roundels, surah headings in white riqa’ against a gold ground within cartouches, gold and polychrome verse markes in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, f.303b with the colophon written against a gold, red and blue ground, f.304a decorated with a bunch of flowers, in green gilt leather binding, with flap and fitted box


text panel: 9.3 by 5.7cm.

leaf: 14.2 by 9.3cm.

Condition Report

The margins are clean, with minor stains and smudges, occasional European numerals marking the page on the top external corner of the leaves, some losses the illuminations, damages and splits to the box, as viewed.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Christie’s London, 24 November 1987, lot 76.

Literature

N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.36, pp.154-5.

Catalogue Note

Mir Hafiz Ibrahim was the administrator (mutawalli) of the Valide Sultan Mosque in Uskudar, Istanbul. The Yeni Valide Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmed III (r.1703-30) in honour of his mother. Built between 1708 and 1710, the complex included a madrasa, a hospice, a courtyard fountain and a clock tower.

THE SHAKERINE COLLECTION: Calligraphy in Qur’ans and other Manuscripts
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