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Islamic illuminated miniature Koran with fine calligraphy. The definition of a miniature book is that it must be less than 7.5 cm (3 inches) on both sides. Miniature manuscript Korans are extremely rare. The present miniature Koran has 305 leaves. Size of the Koran: 6.1 x 7.1cm (2.4 x 2.9 inches). The text is written in tiny, handsome, and elegant naskhi script in black ink, with the chapter headings in red ink, on beige paper, with 12 lines to a page. All pages are ruled in gold and blue lines. There are two illuminated pages in the beginning of the Koran. The Arabic text is vocalized throughout with recitational markings in red. The Koran is complete. The usual du`a al-khatm (prayer for completing the text) is present at the end of the Koran. It is followed by a few pages in Persian, which indicate that the Koran was done in Persia. Undated, but most likely from the late seventeenth century. It is bound with a trimmed old Islamic morocco cover, which is embossed in central gilt medallion, in an arabesque design. The Koran is professionally restored. Every leaf of this Koran is laminated with non-acidic thin Japanese transparent paper using methyl cellulose as adhesive to preserve the antique paper indefinitely. The Koran and restoration are all acid free. This painstaking task must have taken months to complete. Even though restored, the Koran is still an attractive and valuable manuscript. The Koran came from the famous collection of Mahmoud Imran, of India, who was an avid collector of miniature Korans.
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Islamic illuminated miniature Koran with fine

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Aug 16, 2020
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