AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, 19TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 472 leaves plus 5 fly-leaves, 13 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink within clouds against a gold ground, commentaries and Persian translation written diagonally in black nasta’liq, ruled in green, gold, red and blue, verses separated by gold roundels, surah headings in blue cursive against a gold ground within cartouches, 6 polychrome and gold illuminated bifolia (ff.1b-2a; ff.74b-75a; ff.147b-148a, ff.203b-204a; ff.268b-269a; ff.471b-472a, in modern black leather binding
text panel: 18.5 by 8.6cm.
leaf: 27.6 by 15.1cm.
The margins with annotations in different hands, occasional notes in pen, some folds and tears, stains, rubbing and smudges, losses to the illuminations, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.23, pp.112-5.