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An illuminated Qur’an, Persia, Safavid and Qajar, second half 16th and 19th century

An illuminated Qur’an, Persia, Safavid and Qajar, second half 16th and 19th century

An illuminated Qur’an, Persia, Safavid and Qajar, second half 16th and 19th century

Arabic manuscript on paper, 499 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 13 lines to the page, the first, middle and last written in gold or blue muhaqqaq, the intervening lines in neat black naskh on gold speckled paper, ruled in blue and gold, verses separated by gold and blue rosettes, surah headings in white against a gold ground within a polychrome cartouche, Qajar period remargining throughout, with gold and polychrome verse markers in the margins and cartouches with commentary in black shikasteh in clouds against a gold ground, f.1a with a gold and polychrome shamsa, f.1b and 2a with a double-page illuminated frontispiece comprising a central lobed panel against a blue ground decorated with floral scrolls, f.2b with a polychrome and gold illuminated heading, the text of this bifolium written within clouds against a gold ground, f.492b and 493a with a falnama in alternating gold and white within cartouches surrounded by an illuminated border, in Qajar lacquer binding, each board decorated with a nightingale perching on branches (gol-e bulbul)


30.2 by 19cm.

In overall good condition, the text has been remargined in Qajar period, ff.1-2 (the folios with the shamsa, the double-page spread of illumination and the incipit) and the leaves with the colophon and the falnama are from the original Safavid manuscript, the borders of the text panels have suffered from some corrosion and are often split and occasionally laid with tape, minor stains and smudges, some quires loose, the first one nearly detached, catchwords, the binding with minor scratches, as viewed.


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Private collection, U.S.A., since 3rd quarter 20th century.
This magnificent Safavid Qur’an illustrates the height of Safavid illumination in the second half of the sixteenth century. The overall layout of the double-page spread of illumination on ff.1b-2a is comparable to a Qur’an attributed to Shiraz, circa 1580, now in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul, inv. no.TIEM 375, published in M. Unustasi (ed.), The 1400th Anniversary of the Qur’an, Istanbul, 2010, cat.83, no.328.