Lot n° 29
5000 - 7000
Partie de Coran (Juz' 22)
Turkey, Ottoman art, 15th century
Sura al-Ahzab (33), v. 31 to the title of Sura Ya-Sin (36). Arabic manuscript on paper, 31 ff, 7 ll. per page in muhaqqaq and rayhani in black and red ink, framed in red, verses separated by rosettes. Titles in red. Frontispiece with blue background, inscribed in kufic. Mention written in the margin in Ottoman Turkish: "yakrami". Bound in brown morocco with gold stamping. Missing the first 27 verses of the sura (36). Restorations.
Text : 19 x 11.8 cm ; Page : 26.5 x 17.8 cm
Christie's, London, 13 October 1982, lot 125.
Collection of Dr. Mohammad Saleh Makyia (1914-2015).
Christie's, Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection, 18 April 2016, London, lot 1.
For a similar manuscript, see: Sotheby's, Arts Of The Islamic World, 24 October 2018, London, lot 22. Mohamed Makiya is one of the greatest Arab architects. He left Iraq in 1971, moved to Bahrain, then to Oman before settling in London in 1975. From that time on, and until the 1980s, he made many acquisitions at auction. His first major architectural project was the Khulafa Mosque in Baghdad (1960-65), commissioned by the Iraqi Ministry of Awqaf. The mosque was built on the site of the Abbasid mosque of Caliph al-Muqtafi and the design incorporated the existing 13th century minaret of Suq al-Ghazl. He has been commissioned to build many iconic buildings in the Arab world, including the headquarters of the League of Arab States in Tunis (1983).
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