A 15th century, Timurid dynasty Quran fetches £7 million at a Christie’s auction

Pooja Patel 

Christie’s London recently concluded (June 25) the ‘Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets’ auction, which had a spectacular range of manuscripts, objects and paintings from across the Middle East, India and Europe.
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Courtesy: Christie’s
This auction of exquisite antiquities sold a rare Iranian Quran at a whopping £7 million! Dating back to the 15th century, this Timurid or Aqquyunlu Quran is written on Ming-era Chinese paper.
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Courtesy: Christie’s
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This ancient manuscript belongs to the Timurid dynasty (1370–1507), which was a clan of the Turco-Mongol descendants named after the founder of the dynasty, Timur.
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Courtesy: Christie’s
The holy book features elegant Naskh Arabic script on heavily coloured Chinese paper in deep blue, turquoise, pink, purple, orange, green and cream.
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Courtesy: Christie’s
The text is in gold and blue with gold roundel verse markers, sura headings (chapter in Quran) are in gold Thultuh (a script variety of Islamic calligraphy by Muqlah Shirazi).
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Courtesy: Christie’s
Certain important words from this text and the medallions in the margin are illuminated in gold, blue and white; and many folios are illuminated with elegant flowers and landscapes in gold beneath the text.
Breathtakingly beautiful, this holy book is covered with a stamped and gilt Safavid binding.
The auction house had expected to fetch between £600,000 and £900,000, but price realised was £7,016,250, which is almost 12 times the original price.
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