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[QUR'AN].

Five Fine Qajar Juz'.

Stock Code
104011
Qajar Persia, 1830
£3,000

The holy text of the Qur'an is divisible into 30 equal parts for the ease and facilitation of reading one section every day of the month, each of these sections is called a Juz'. In principle, the copying of Qur'ans into Juz' is associated with Qur'anic study and the practices endorsed by Islamic scholars to memorise the holy text, however many examples throughout the wider Islamic world have also been copied into 30 Juz' as a symbol of wealth and status. The expense of creating 30 dedicated volumes would have required significantly larger quantities of raw materials and the larger format of the layout of the holy text was often a much more laborious undertaking for the scribes, illuminators and binders involved.

These lavishly illustrated and inscribed Juz' were likely coped as a full set and produced a for wealthy and high ranking individual in the court of Fath'Ali Shah

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5 volumes, each containing one Juz' of the Qur'an, illuminated manuscripts on thick polished buff paper, in Arabic, containing Juz' VI (An-Nisa 4:148 to Al-Maidah 5:82), Juz' VIII (Al-An'am 6:111 to Al-Araf 7:170), Juz' XI (At-Towbah 9:94 to Hud 11:5), Juz' XVII (Al-Anbiya 21:1 to Al-Hajj 22:78) and Juz' XXX (An-Naba 78:1 to An-Nas 114:6), each Juz' 16-19 leaves (together 84 leaves, plus some contemporary free endleaves to a couple volumes) and all textually complete in themselves, 265 by 170 mm; single column, 11 lines bold black naskh script with diacritics, some vocalisation in red, surah headings throughout in red thuluth script, large polychrome head-pieces (unwan) opening each of the Juz', these executed to a very high standard by a fine hand and illuminated in gold, leaves ruled in blue and gold throughout, contemporary catch-words, some smudges and light staining, a few sections cockled from damp; housed in uniform contemporary Qajar lacquered boards, inside covers painted and ruled in red, outer covers a dark tan with gilt floral pattern to frame outer edges, all rebacked, a little worn in places.

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