AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, INDIA, 19TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 83 leaves plus 3 fly-leaves, 31 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold, the margins decorated with gold interlacing vegetal scrolls, verses separated by gold roundels, surah headings in white riqa’ against a gold ground within cartouches, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, f.40b and f.41a with a polychrome and gold illuminated bifolium marking the middle of the Qur’an, f.82b and f.83a with a finispiece bifolium, in lacquer binding decorated with flowers
text panel: 12.5 by 6cm.
leaf: 17.6 by 9.5cm.
The margins are clean, minor stains and rubbing, some losses to the illumination, one board nearly detached, some scratches, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.25, pp.118-9.