AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, NORTH INDIA, KASHMIR, LATE 18TH/19TH CENTURY
Arabic manuscript on paper, 395 leaves plus 6 fly-leaves, 11 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, with the interlinear Persian translation in red nasta’liq, ruled in gold and blue, verses separated by gold roundels, surah headings in red within clouds against a gold ground, gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, 3 bifolia with a border decorated with interlacing gold scrolls within the manuscript marking divisions, in light brown stamped binding
text panel: 23 by 12.8cm.
leaf: 29.8 by 19cm.
Various stains and minor tears, some restoration to the paper, smudges and holes, some losses to the illuminations, damages to the binding, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.21, pp.102-5.