Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Christie's to Auction a Monumental Royal Mamluk Qur’an

Qur’an, signed Tanam al-Najmi al-Maliki al-Ashrafi, Mamluk Egypt, dated 21 Jumada I 894/30 April 1489. Folio 26¾ x 18 in (68 x 45.5 cm). Estimate: £500,000-800,000. Offered in Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets on 2 May 2019 at Christie’s in London
‘Mamluk Qur’ans of this size with a royal dedication are extremely rare. This is why they get so much attention when they come to market,’ says William Robinson, International Head of Islamic Art. The Qu’ran is offered in London on 2 MayAccording to William Robinson, International Head of Islamic Art at Christie’s in London, there are three primary factors that make this monumental royal Mamluk Qur’an extraordinary. The first lies in its royal provenance. The second factor is the size of the folio, which measures 68 cm by 45.5 cm (26¾ in x 18 in). The third factor that makes this Qur’an so exceptional is its script. [More]