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  • Abbasid Qur'an headlines Islamic art sale on October 10
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    Paul Fraser
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Abbasid Qur'an headlines Islamic art sale on October 10

Christie's will offer an Abbasid Qur'an in its Art and Textiles of the Islamic World sale in London on October 10.

The lot was produced in Iran between the 11th and 12th centuries and is estimated to auction for £15,000-25,000 ($24,345-40,575).

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The Qur'an was produced in Iran in the 10th or 11th century

It's written in eastern kufic script, a typeface Christie's describes as "typified by its triangular letters and its diagonal rather than horizontal or vertical orientation."

Qur'ans were produced in large numbers during this time but are generally smaller and less elaborate than the present example, indicating that this is likely to be a high end product.

A Nasrid fall front wooden cabinet produced in Spain in the late 15th or early 16th century is likely to prove another highlight.

The piece is decorated with a variety of taracea inlays, which are characterised by ornate patterning on the drawers and panelling.

The technique was carried into Spain by the Moors and remained in use following their routing by Christian forces under Ferdinand and Isabella at Granada in 1492.

Other lots in the sale include an Ottoman coral-inlaid flintlock gun and an illustration from the Ramayana produced in India during the 19th century.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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