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Qur'an XXVI, sura al-shu'ara, vv.29-34 (part), Arabic manuscript on pink paper, 5ll. of sepia maghribi, diacritics in gold, shadda and sukkun in blue, hamza marked by yellow and green dots, gold and black roundel verse markers, recto with a large roundel marking 'ashr in gold and a rectangular illuminated marginal marker outlined by bands of geometric strapwork, the upper margin with punched inventory inscription, overall good condition
Folio 12 x 914in. (30.4 x 23.3cm.)

Provenance
Anon. sale, Christie's London, 9 October 2014, lot 22
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Lot Essay

The attribution of these striking pink folios to Spain is based primarily on the use of paper. In the Maghreb, parchment remained in frequent use for the writing of Qur'ans into the 19th century. Spain, however, had been manufacturing and using high quality paper for manuscripts of all kinds for some time. Manuscripts like this one, on pink dyed paper are believed to have been produced in Jativa, near Valencia, the site of the earliest documented paper mill in Spain (Marcus Fraser and William Kwiatkowski, Ink and Gold: Islamic Calligraphy, Berlin and London, 2006, p.64).
A number of folios from this manuscript are in public collections, while others have appeared at auction. 215 folios, formerly in the collection of Maréchal Lyautey were sold at the Hotel Georges V, Paris, 30 October 1975, lot 488, and quickly appeared at Sotheby's, 14 April 1976, lot 247. Other leaves from this manuscript have since sold in these Rooms, including a single folio and a bifolium, 26 April 2012, lots 135 and 136, a folio on 10 October 2013, lot 70 and a continuous section, 4 October 2012, lot 86.

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This lot has been imported from outside the EU for sale and placed under the Temporary Admission regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the hammer price. VAT at 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium but will not be shown separately on the invoice. Please see Conditions of Sale for further information.

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