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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Ancient Manuscript Review 95 : Antique Etiopian Quran ( 18th Century)

These are beautifully written Quran manuscripts originated from Etiopia. Its believed to have been written in 18-19th century. This manuscript is written in Sudanese type calligraphy in black ink on western paper 11 lines to a page. I still need to do more research about this type of calligraphy. It looks in between Sudani & Somali calligraphy but definitely stemmed from Maghribi style. Brown leather binding beautifully embossed in a middle with a flap. The borders of the pages are ruled with double line red .

The first manuscript which contains the opening Surah Al Fatihah has the first 2 pages beautifully decorated.

There are supposed to have 3 manuscripts ( 30 juzs) for the complete Quran. However I only managed to acquire 2 manuscripts out of 3.
No date but it is estimated written in 18-19th century. There are numerous prayers and notes written on blank pages between main text and cover. There is a note stating the owner of this Quran is Kamil Bin Qasim (baladah Irkawi ?)from Har Etiopia.
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 these manuscripts. 
In recent christie's auction on Oct 2014 in London, a similar Quran was sold for USD5223 ( Sale 5526 Lot 367)
Look my other Etiopian Qurans as below links:

30 volumes Etiopian Quran
Etiopian Quran Comparison
Etiopia Minhajul Muslimin

Manuscript Specs

Item : Antique Etiopia Quran ( 2 volumes)
Manuscript Content : 2 volumes ( out of 3 vols) of Quran
Dim : 23 cm x 17 cm x 6 cm
Date : 18-19th century
Copyist : Kamil Bin Qasim
Origin : Etiopia
Calligraphy : Sudani??
Design : Written in Sudani scripts in black
Purchased Price :US

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