AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN SECTION IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR SPAIN, 12TH CENTURY AD
text: surah al-ma’idah (V), middle of verse 19 to middle of verse 35; surah al-an’am (VI), middle of verse 33 to end of verse 35; surah al-ma’idah (V), middle of verse 111 to surah al-an’am (VI) middle of verse 2; verse 36 to middle of verse 39
Arabic manuscript on vellum, 12 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 7 lines to the page, written in fine Maghribi script in brown ink, diacritics in blue and yellow, verses separated by gold and polychrome florets, 1 surah heading written in gold Kufic with an interlacing scroll medallion in the margin, misbound, in cream gold-stamped binding
leaf: 17 by 16cm.
In overall good condition, the margins are clean with only minor catchwords on the lower left corner, minor stains and holes, minor rubbing to the ink, the calligraphy clean and strong in colour, misboud, as viewed
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Ex-collection Oliver Henry Perkins des Moines, Iowa (d.1912).
Anderson Galleries, New York, 23 March 1926, lot 521.
Oliver Henry Perkins was a well-known traveller of the nineteenth century, circumnavigating the globe and travelling extensively in the Middle East and Asia. He was both a writer and a book collector, assembling an extensive library which was sold after his death in New York in 1926.