16th century Qur'an translated in Persian
Arabic manuscript on paper, 396ff. Plus 10 fly-leaves, each folio with 11ll. Of strong naskh with red persian translation, in text panels outlined in gold, blue and black, each line within similargold rules margins with similar outer rules, Catchwords, gold and polygrome verse rounels, sura headings in white kn gold panels, juz' and ashr' marked with gold roundels in the margin, opening byfolio with earlier Safavid illumination laud round text, in worn red morroco with stamped borders, green paper doublures
Text panel 7 3/4 x 3 7/8 in (19.7 x10cm);
Folio 11 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. ( 29.4 x 17.5cm)
The striking black-ground borders of the opening illumination suggest it was produced in 16th century Herat or Bukhara.
A Qur'an with closely related illumination in the khalili collection is dated 1537-38 and attributed to bukhara or herat ( David James, after Timur , Qur'ans of the 15th and 16th crnturies, London 1992, no.33, p.125). The body of our Qur'an is however later and North India, probably dating to the late 17th or early 18th century.
The Mughal court was strongly attached to thier central origins and often collected manuscript from there.
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