AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (XXV), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY
surah Fussilat (XLI), v.47 to surah al-Jathiyah (XLV) v.37
Arabic manuscript on paper, 28 leaves, plus 4 fly-leaves, 7 lines to the page, written in muhaqqaq in black ink, ruled in green, orange, gold and blue, verses separated by gold and polychrome dotted roundels, the word Allah in gold, 4 surah headings in gold thuluth within cartouches, gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece with text in alternating gold and black lines within clouds, in brown gilt and stamped leather binding with polychrome filigree doublures, with flap
text panel: 21.9 by 14.5cm.
leaf: 35.3 by 23.2cm.
The borders clean, with minor stains and smudges, some rubbing and losses to the illumination, some damages to the binding, as viewed.
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Christie's London, 16 October 1980, lot 44.
N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.6, pp.46-49.
Other sections of this fine thirty-volume Qur’an were sold in these rooms, 26 April 2017, lot 51 (juz VI); 7 October 2015 (juz IX); 9 October 2013, lot 63 (juz XXIII); 25 April 2012, lot 413 (juz XI); 15 October 1997, lot 15 (juz X); 22 October 1993, lot 73 (juz III); 15 October 1984, lot 253 (juz IX) and 11 October 1982, lot 182 (juz XVII).