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Sotheby’s: Arts of the Islamic World (Spring 2017)

April 26, 2017

Sotheby’s New Bond Street, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA, UK

Encompassing over three continents and a thousand years, this April’s Arts of the Islamic World sale is led by an exciting selection of Ottoman textiles from the prestigious collection of Argine Benaki Salvago, appearing on the auction market for the very first time.

Dating to the 17th century and hailing from India is a 55-carat spinel inscribed with the names of three Great Mughal Emperors, emblematic of the taste for large, uncut precious stones at the court of the Mughals. The achievements of early Arab science are also represented by one of the most exciting astronomical discoveries in recent history: an Umayyad Andalusian astrolabe, signed by Muhammad ibn al-Saffar, made in Cordoba in 1020 AD.

In addition, Sotheby’s will be offering a further selection of calligraphy and manuscripts of the Islamic world from the collection of the late Jafar Ghazi, as highlighted by an illuminated Qur’an juz’ (XVIII) from 15th-century Ottoman Turkey, executed in alternating gold and blue script.

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