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A Fine Qajar Qur'an,

copied by Muhammad Hussayn Isfahani.

Stock Code
Qajar Persia, 1223

A fine and elegantly illuminated early Qajar Qur'an copied on sand-tinted paper

This is a fine manuscript, elegantly copied in the scribal hand of Muhammad Hussayn Isfahani in 1808 AD, during the reign of Fath'Ali Shah Qajar (r. 1797-1834). The volume was likely produced on commission for a wealthy and high ranking individual in the royal court for personal use, as indicated by the large format of the volume and spacious use of script on the page to facilitate easy reading. Furthermore, the high quality of the illuminated unwan (head-piece) and regular naskh script used throughout indicate manuscript production in a skilled and established scriptorium from this period, probably from the region of Isfahan in Qajar Persia.



Single volume, illuminated manuscript on paper, in Arabic, complete, 231 leaves, 260 by 165 mm; single column, 16 lines fine black naskh script, surah headings in red throughout, occasional marginal additions copied int he same hand, catch-words throughout, leaves ruled in gilt and blue, verses marked by gilt roundels throughout, some very faint scattered ink smudges overall very clean and crisp condition; contemporary fine hand-painted lacquered boards, outer covers with elegant floral compositions set against a striking bronzed background, framed within a border of floral cartouches, inner covers in red with gilt spiralling vines, backed in leather, very clean and attractive condition.


Stock ID:105706

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