AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, 19TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 592 leaves plus 10 fly-leaves, 11 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink against a yellow-gold ground, ruled in gold with rows of flowers, verses separated by dots, surah headings in white rounded cursive against a gold, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, six additional double-pages with gold illuminated margins consisting of interlacing scrolls and flowers marking each manzil, f.272b and f.273a with a finispiece bifolium decorated with gold margins, in brown gilt leather binding
text panel: 14.5 by 9cm.
leaf: 17.9 by 11.4cm.
The margins probably have been trimmed, but are clean, minor stains and smudges, some losses to the illumination, as viewed.
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Purchased from Makram Zand Irani, The Connoisseur, Antique Books, Maps & Prints, 2123 'P' Street, Washington D.C., second half 20th century (accompanying hand-written description).
N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.24, pp.116-7.