۲۹ شهریور ۱۴۰۰ |۱۲ صفر ۱۴۴۳ | Sep 20, 2021
 Rare palimpsest of Quran up for auction at Christie’s in London

Christie’s in London is set to auction off an exceedingly rare palimpsest of a Quran during its Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets event on April 26.

Hawzah News Agency (London, England) - The palimpsest — a manuscript on which later writing has been superimposed — is an excerpt from the Quran written over an earlier Coptic text. 

The earlier Coptic text contains passages from the Book of Deuteronomy, which is part of the Torah and the Christian Old Testament. 

According to Christie’s, the text was likely produced in Egypt, home to the Coptic community, during the eight century. 

The discovery was made with the help of French scholar Dr. Eléonore Cellard from the Collège de France in Paris, who lauded the find as a groundbreaking discovery. 

“This is a very important discovery for the history of the Quran and early Islam. We have here a witness of cultural interactions between different religious communities,” she said in a statement released by Christie’s, Arab News reported. 

According to the auction house, only a handful of Quranic palimpsests have ever been recorded, with one example being two leaves from a seventh century Hijazi Quran, copied over an earlier text of the Quran, which were sold at a Christie’s auction in 2008. 

Other highlights set to go up for auction include five treatises on astronomy and mathematics by Iranian thinker and scholar Nasir Al-Din Muhammad Bin Muhammad Bin Al-Hasan Al-Tusi, as well as an incredible Fatimid-era gold armlet, crafted in Egypt or Syria in the 11th century. 

The armlet features a twisted band with lines of calligraphy and is beset with an emerald, green glass beadwork and miniature pearls. 

Auction-goers will also have the opportunity to bid for a Marasali prayer rug from the North East Caucasus circa 1851, finely woven with ivory silk wefts.

 

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