THE SHAKERINE COLLECTION: Calligraphy in Qur’ans and other Manuscripts

Sotheby's
London

Date of the auction: 23.10.2019

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A LARGE QUR’AN LEAF IN KUFIC SCRIPT ON VELLUM, NORTH AFRICA OR NEAR EAST...

A LARGE QUR’AN LEAF IN KUFIC SCRIPT ON VELLUM, NORTH AFRICA OR NEAR EAST, CIRCA 750-800 AD text: surah Yusuf (XII), beginning of v.21 to middle of v.29Arabic manuscript on vellum, 16 lines to the page written in bold Kufic in brown ink, vocalisation in the form of red dots, verses separated by three

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN SECTION IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR SPAIN...

AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN SECTION IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR SPAIN, 12TH CENTURY AD text: surah al-ma’idah (V), middle of verse 19 to middle of verse 35; surah al-an’am (VI), middle of verse 33 to end of verse 35; surah al-ma’idah (V), middle of verse 111 to surah al-an’am (VI) middle of verse

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £15,000 - £25,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A QUR’AN LEAF IN KUFIC SCRIPT ON VELLUM, NORTH AFRICA OR NEAR EAST, 9TH...

A QUR’AN LEAF IN KUFIC SCRIPT ON VELLUM, NORTH AFRICA OR NEAR EAST, 9TH CENTURY AD text: surah al-Nur (XXIV), middle of f.2 to middle of v.6 Arabic manuscript on vellum, 9 lines to the page written in elongated Kufic in dark brown ink, vocalisation in the form of red dots, verses separated by small

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, PERSIA OR MESOPOTAMIA, 11TH/12TH CENTURY AD

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, PERSIA OR MESOPOTAMIA, 11TH/12TH CENTURY AD Arabic manuscript on paper, 233 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 25 lines to the page, written in Eastern Kufic in black ink, ruled in gold, verses separated by gold and polychrome roundels, surah headings in gold outlined in red, the first

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A FRAGMENT FROM A LARGE QUR’AN LEAF IN KUFIC SCRIPT ON VELLUM, NORTH AFRICA...

A FRAGMENT FROM A LARGE QUR’AN LEAF IN KUFIC SCRIPT ON VELLUM, NORTH AFRICA OR NEAR EAST, CIRCA 750-800 AD text: surah Luqman (XXXI), middle of v.32 to surah al-Sajdah (XXXII), middle of v.4 Arabic manuscript on vellum, 13 lines to the page written in bold extended Kufic in brown ink, vocalisation

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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FORTY-FIVE FOLIOS FROM A COMMENTARY ON MALIK B. ANAS'S (D.795 AD...

FORTY-FIVE FOLIOS FROM A COMMENTARY ON MALIK B. ANAS'S (D.795 AD) AL-MUWATTA, NORTH AFRICA OR ANDALUSIA, LATE 13TH/EARLY 14TH CENTURY AD Arabic on paper and vellum, 45 leaves unbound, 27 lines to the page, written in brown Andalusi script, important words in red and green, titles in thicker dark

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £24,000 - £28,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN SECTION IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR SPAIN...

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN SECTION IN MAGHRIBI SCRIPT, NORTH AFRICA OR SPAIN, 13TH-14TH CENTURY AD text: surah al-Baqarah (II) v.67 to surah al-‘An’am (VI) v.44 (incomplete)Arabic manuscript on vellum, 86 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 11 lines to the page, written in Maghribi script in light brown ink

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (II), COPIED BY ZAYN AL-‘ABIDIN B. MUHAMMAD...

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (II), COPIED BY ZAYN AL-‘ABIDIN B. MUHAMMAD AL-KATIB, PERSIA, AQQOYUNLU, DATED 888 AH/1483 AD surah al-Baqarah (II) vv.142-252Arabic manuscript on paper, 23 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 7 lines to the page, the first and seventh line in black muhaqqaq, the fourth line in gold

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £60,000 - £80,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY ‘ABD AL-LATIF AL-SAYFI UZBEK, EGYPT...

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY ‘ABD AL-LATIF AL-SAYFI UZBEK, EGYPT, MAMLUK, DATED 876 AH/1472 AD Arabic manuscript on paper, 282 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 12 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, verses separated by three inverted red commas, surah headings in red riqa, f.1a with a

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £60,000 - £80,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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ABU ‘ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD B. ISMA’IL B. IBRAHIM AL-BUKHARI AL-JU’FI (D.870...

ABU ‘ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD B. ISMA’IL B. IBRAHIM AL-BUKHARI AL-JU’FI (D.870 AD), AL-JAMI’ AL-SAHIH, A CANONICAL COLLECTION OF TRADITIONS, VOL.I, COPIED BY AHMED B. AL-BADR B. MUHAMMED B. UWAIS AL-MA’ARI AL MUWAQQAR, NEAR EAST, POSSIBLY TRIPOLI, MAMLUK, DATED 805 AH/1402 AD Arabic manuscript on polished

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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SHAMS AL-DIN ABI ‘ABD ALLAH MUHAMMAD AL-DIHNI, KITAB AL-MU’NI FI'L-DU’AF WA...

SHAMS AL-DIN ABI ‘ABD ALLAH MUHAMMAD AL-DIHNI, KITAB AL-MU’NI FI'L-DU’AF WA BA’D AL-THIQAT, COPIED BY ‘ALI IBN MUHAMMAD B. DAWUD B. KHIDIR, YEMEN, RASULID, DATED 817 AH/1414 AD Arabic manuscript on paper, 68 leaves plus one fly-leaf, written in naskh in black ink, important words picked up in red

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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SHARAF AL-DIN ABU 'ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD B. HASSAN AL-BUSIRI (D.1296-97 AD...

SHARAF AL-DIN ABU 'ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD B. HASSAN AL-BUSIRI (D.1296-97 AD), QASIDA AL-BURDA, EGYPT OR NEAR EAST, DATED 846 AH/1442-43 AD Arabic manuscript on paper, 28 leaves, plus 1 fly-leaf, 15 lines to the page, the fourth, ninth, and fourteenth in red naskh running diagonally, fifth, tenth and last

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £24,000 - £28,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN B. 'ABDULLAH B. AL-HASAN IBN 'ALI IBN SINA, KNOWN AS...

ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN B. 'ABDULLAH B. AL-HASAN IBN 'ALI IBN SINA, KNOWN AS AVICENNA (D.1037 AD), KITAB AL-SHIFA ('THE BOOK OF HEALING'), COPIED BY AHMED IBN 'ALI AL-SHIRAZI, PERSIA, TIMURID, DATED 897 AH/1492 AD Arabic manuscript on paper, 340 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 33 lines to the page, written in

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £15,000 - £25,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED MINIATURE OCTAGONAL QUR’AN, COPIED BY MUHAMMAD IBN AL-HAJJ...

AN ILLUMINATED MINIATURE OCTAGONAL QUR’AN, COPIED BY MUHAMMAD IBN AL-HAJJ MUHAMMAD B. MUHAMMAD AL-TUGHRA’I, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 920 AH/1514-15 AD Arabic manuscript on paper, 236 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 16 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold, black and blue, verses

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A MONUMENTAL ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, PERSIA, SAFAVID, MID-16TH CENTURY

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Lot #: 17

Estimate: £200,000 - £300,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MUHAMMAD AMIN AL-KASHMIRI B. MIR SHAH...

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY MUHAMMAD AMIN AL-KASHMIRI B. MIR SHAH MUHAMMAD B. MIR AHMAD KHATIB, NORTH INDIA OR PERSIA, MUGHAL OR SAFAVID, DATED 1053 AH/1643 AD Arabic manuscript on brown paper, 560 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 11 lines to the page, the first, middle and last written in black

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED MINIATURE QUR’AN, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH CENTURY

AN ILLUMINATED MINIATURE QUR’AN, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH CENTURY Arabic manuscript on paper, 241 leaves plus 9 fly-leaves, 16 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by gold roundels, surah headings in gold thuluth, gold verse markes in the margins

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED...

AN ILLUMINATED COLLECTION OF PRAYERS, INCLUDING DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT, COPIED BY AHMAD IBN AMIRZADE, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1091 AH/1681-82 AD Arabic manuscript on cream paper, 83 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 13 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black, gold and red, verses

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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A MINIATURE ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, INDIA, MUGHAL, 17TH CENTURY

A MINIATURE ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, INDIA, MUGHAL, 17TH CENTURY Arabic manuscript on paper, 465 leaves plus 5 fly-leaves, 14 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink against a gold ground, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by gold roundels, juz markers in the margins, surah headings in

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (I), PERSIA OR TURKEY, SAFAVID OR OTTOMAN...

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (I), PERSIA OR TURKEY, SAFAVID OR OTTOMAN, 16TH/17TH CENTURY surah al-Fatihah (I), v.1 to surah al-Baqarah (II) v.141 Arabic manuscript on paper, 23 leaves plus 1 fly-leaf, 9 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in orange, gold and blue, verses separated

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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PIR MUHAMMAD IBN PIRI AHMAD B. KHALIL, KITAB ANIS AL-'ARIFIN, ON POETRY...

PIR MUHAMMAD IBN PIRI AHMAD B. KHALIL, KITAB ANIS AL-'ARIFIN, ON POETRY, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 995 AH/1586-87 AD Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish on paper, 167 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 21 lines to the page, written in ince and taliq in black ink, ruled in gold and black, titles or important

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £15,000 - £25,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY SULEYMAN, STUDENT OF SELANIKI, TURKEY...

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY SULEYMAN, STUDENT OF SELANIKI, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, CIRCA 1600 Arabic manuscript on paper, 427 leaves plus 4 fly-leaves, 13 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black and gold, verses separated by gold and polychrome rosettes, surah headings in gold

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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MEHMED IBN ALI SIPAHIZADE BURSAWI, AWDAH AL-MASALIK ILA MA'RIFAT AL-BULDAN...

MEHMED IBN ALI SIPAHIZADE BURSAWI, AWDAH AL-MASALIK ILA MA'RIFAT AL-BULDAN WA A-MAMALIK, A GEOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY DERIVED FROM VARIOUS EARLY ARAB GEOGRAPHIES, OTTOMAN PROVINCES, 977 AH/1569 AD Arabic manuscript on paper, 136 leaves plus 6 fly-leaves, 27 lines to the page, written in naskh in black

Lot #: 26

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED MINIATURE QUR’AN, COPIED BY QUDRAT ALLAH B. AHMED HIRASI...

AN ILLUMINATED MINIATURE QUR’AN, COPIED BY QUDRAT ALLAH B. AHMED HIRASI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 961 AH/1553-54 AD Arabic manuscript on paper, 304 leaves plus 1 fly-leaf, 19 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in gold and blue, verses separated by blue dots, surah headings in gold

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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SHARAF AL-DIN ABU 'ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD B. HASSAN AL-BUSIRI (D.1296-97 AD...

SHARAF AL-DIN ABU 'ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD B. HASSAN AL-BUSIRI (D.1296-97 AD), QASIDA AL-BURDA, PERSIA, SAFAVID, EARLY 18TH CENTURY Arabic manuscript on thick blue paper, 28 leaves plus 4 fly-leaves, 7 lines to the page, the first, middle and last written in black or gold thuluth, the intervening lines in

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (XXV), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY

AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (XXV), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, SECOND HALF 16TH CENTURY surah Fussilat (XLI), v.47 to surah al-Jathiyah (XLV) v.37 Arabic manuscript on paper, 28 leaves, plus 4 fly-leaves, 7 lines to the page, written in muhaqqaq in black ink, ruled in green, orange, gold and blue, verses

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000

Date: 23 Oct 2019