Lot n° 40
8000 - 9000
Coran du Cachemire
North India, Mughal art, late 18th-early 19th century
Arabic manuscript on paper, 251 ff. plus 4 endpapers, 18 ll. per page, in naskh in black ink, verses separated by gilt roundels, titles of suras in blue naskh, on a gilt background against a blue background illuminated with gilt flowers. Opening double-page illuminated in blue, pink and gold, the text in reserve in clouds on a gold background. Titles of the suras repeated in the upper corner on each page, marginal medallions, inscribed subdivisions of the juz'. Quranic text followed by Hadith and a Du'a'. Owner's note on the title page, dated: 24 Shawwal 1256H./18 December 1840. Binding reported.
Text: 12.5 x 6 cm; Page: 17 x 11 cm
A double frontispiece almost identical to that of this Qur'an with the same dimensions is preserved in the Metropolitan Museum in New York (2009.294), published in: Maryam D. Ekhtiyar, How to Read Islamic Calligraphy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press, 2008, cat. 19, pp. 86-87.
Return to catalogue