EARLY TIMURID QUR'AN IN MUHAQQAQ SCRIPT

MS 4598
MS Short Title EARLY TIMURID QUR'AN IN MUHAQQAQ SCRIPT
Text QUR'AN, SURA 18:32 - 35
Description MS in Arabic on paper, Iraq or Iran, ca. 1350-1420, 1 f., 37x27 cm, single column, (36x26 cm), 5 lines in a large, very fine muhaqqaq script outlined in gold, within a frame of gold, red and blue, roundels containing gold knotwork, probably by Karamshah Tabrizi.
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Provenance 1. Sam Fogg Rare Books Ltd., London.
Commentary The classic example of early Timurid Qur'an production: the sinuous, bold muhaqqaq script, outlined in gold, is unsurpassed, superior even to the celebrated Baysunghur Quran. James writes that the MS from which this leaf originates must have been one of the finest of its type to have been produced in the late 14th or early 15th c.; and according to an uncorroborated source, the calligrapher was a master called Karamshah Tabrizi-. The script is a magnificent black muhaqqaq outlined in gold and unusually thin, given its large size. This serves to emphasise the total control of the calligrapher over his pen; such faultless perfection was equalled only by Ibn al-Suhrawardi in the Qur'an he produced in Baghdad in the early 14th c, probably for Ghazan Khan.
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Place of origin Iraq or Iran
Dates ca 1350-1420 AD

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