Lot n° 31
4000 - 5000
Result with fees
: 5 460EUR
Rare folio d'un coran bihari doré
India, Sultanates, 15th century
Text: Sura al-Maa'rij (70), vv.1-14. Arabic manuscript on paper. 11 ll. per page inscribed in late bihari, in gold highlighted in black, the vocalization indicated in red, gold rosettes dotted in blue at the end of each verse, Title of the sura inscribed in reserve on a background illuminated in blue and gold, of scrolls of palmettes against a background of flowering stems. The Koranic text in a frame drawn in gold. The margins cut and replaced. The background dotted with wormholes.
Text : 24.5 x 19 cm.
Two leaves of a gilt bihari Qur'an are published in: David James, Qur'ans and Bindings from the Chester Beatty Library, World of Islam Festival Trust, 1980, p. 103, Cat. 82. A fifteenth-century Qur'an, also in gilt bihari, with illumination and dimensions comparable to this one, was sold at Christie's, Indian and Islamic Works of Art and Textiles, London, April 3, 2009, lot 90. Part of a fifteenth-century Qur'an from Sultanate India with illumination similar to this folio was sold at Christie's, Indian and Islamic Works of Art & Textiles, London, April 3, 2009, lot 90.
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