AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (V), EGYPT, MAMLUK, 14TH/15TH CENTURY
surah al-Nisa (IV), v.24 to v.147
Arabic manuscript on cream polished paper, 49 leaves plus 1 fly-leaf, 5 lines to the page, written in muhaqqaq in black ink, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, tenth verse marked with gold and polychrome roundels in the margins, fifth verse marked with a polychrome and gold palmette, f.1a with a gold and polychrome illumination consisting of an eight-lobed central design encircled by geometrical and floral scrolls in gold, blue, green and red, f.1b with the juz title written in white tawqi outlined in gold, against a red ground within a green and blue cartouche, in brown leather binding decorated with a central stamped medallion, the doublures with interlacing designs, with flap
23.2 by 16.5cm.
The margins are clean, minor stains and rubbing, some restoration to the paper, one small verse marker towards the end has been cut out, minor losses to the illumination, some restoration to the binding with some of the design of the doubloures missing, towards the spine, minor losses to the fore-edge flap, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.48, pp.196-9.