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Lot 220

Two folios from a Mamluk Qur'an, illumination probably by Sandal, circa 700-710AH/1300-1310 AD,...

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Lot 220

Two folios from a Mamluk Qur'an, illumination probably by Sandal, circa 700-710AH/1300-1310 AD,...

Price Realised: £650

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

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Lot 220


Two folios from a Mamluk Qur'an, illumination probably by Sandal, circa 700-710AH/1300-1310 AD, Surah 78 al-Naba' (the Announcement) - Surah 114 al-Nas (the People), Arabic manuscript on paper, 6ll. of neat black naskh script per page, polychrome and gold decorated rosette verse markers, gold and polychrome marginal roundels, each folio with a large header in gold Kufic, folios trimmed, each approx. 19.6 x 14.7cm. (2)

Provenance: Bonhams, 12 October 2006, lot 8 

The master illuminator Abu Bakr (act. 1304-1315), also known as Sandal, was responsible for the gold decoration on the seven-volume Qur’an produced in Cairo for Rukn al-Dīn Baybars, who later became the Mamluk Sultan Baybars II. It is the earliest dated Qur’an from the Mamluk period.

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