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Superb Persian Quran Text, Late 17th Century,

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Superb Persian Quran Text, Late 17th Century,

The Quran, literally meaning The Recitation, is the central and holy text of 1.2 billion Muslims all around the world which is believed to be word of god and regarded as the miracle of Mohamed and proof of his prophethood. Quran is widely regarded the finest book of literature in the Arabic language. It is composed of different "suras" regarded as Maccan or Medinan depending on place of their revelations by angel Gabriel over period of 23 years. The fist sura was revealed to Mohammad at the age of 40, at 610 AD concluding at his time of death at the age of 63. Proceeding Mohamed's death, different Quran were compiled into a single book by order of first Calif Abu Bakr. The present form of the text is accepted by most scholars as the the one compiled by Abu Bakr. Over the centuries it has been the source of inspiration by the artists and calligraphers, all trying to exhibit their talent by writing and decorating this amazing book.This exceptional Quran according the calligraphy expert is from Shah Sultan Husayn (16941722) era. Since it also includes Persian translation, the text has a very large volume consisting of 592 gilded leaves. Both hand made gilded lacquered covers, with floral design, along with the first 15 pages, are not original and are a later addition from mid Quajar period, covers themselves are pieces of art with first and last four pages heavily decorated and the rest of the text's pages with gold roundel verse makers and gold borders and black and red rule, with finest calligraphy I have ever come across with. In addition, it comes with a custom made metal box decorated with silver and gold Quranic verses from city of Isfahan, believed to be from mid twenty century. Size: This incredible text measures 5 1/4" x 3" x 2 1/4" and fits the domed shape metal box. Condition Report: Due to extremely fine workmanship of the text, we believe that it should have belonged to member of royalty or a major aristocrat of the period, again due to old age of this text, the covers and first 15 pages are not original and are from mid 19 century period and due to exposure to humid conditions,there are some stain pages throughout the text.

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