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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ancient Manuscript Review 105 : Antique Etiopia Quran ( 18th Century CE)

This is truly a beautiful handwritten Quran originated from Etiopia. Its believed to have been written in 18-19th century. This manuscript is written in Naskh type calligraphy in black ink on western paper 15 lines to a page. Brown leather binding with a flap. 

The manuscript which contains the opening Surah Al Fatihah has the first 4 pages beautifully decorated. This is only half of Quran.

No date but it is estimated written in 18-19th century. There are about 22 pages with beautiful ornaments in margins.
This is a very rare acquisition because we dont see many Etiopian Quran in the market or in international hands. I am blessed to have acquired this beautiful manuscript.
Look my other Etiopian Qurans as below links:

30 volumes Etiopian Quran
Etiopian Quran Comparison
Etiopia Minhajul Muslimin

Title Page : Nil
Content    :First half of Quran
Date         : 18th Century CE
Copyist    : Anonymous
Patron      : Nil
Origin      : Harra Etiopia
Place acquired : Etiopia
Illuminations : First 4 pages with colorful illuminations. 22 pages with ornaments in margin
Calligraphy : Naskh
Number of lines :15
Inks          : Main text in black with diacritical marks in red
Punctuation: yellow circle to separate between verses.
Frame       :  Nil
History of Manuscript :
Number of folios : 131 ff
Support of writing : Western paper
Gatherings :13 quinon + 1 f
Catchwords :first word on subsequent page in bottom left of recto
Dimensions : 33.0 cm x 25.0 cm
Binding   :Brown leather with flap
Estimated Market Price :
Purchased Price : USD
Remarks : One of the best and beautiful Etiopia Quran I have ever seen.

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