Single-volume Qur’an

Location: Mamluk Egypt or Ottoman Turkey

Materials: ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; modern binding

Dimensions: 259 folios; 24.8 x 17.6cm

Accession Number: QUR 171

Other Notes:

The type of naskh script and the illumination are probably most characteristic of Ottoman Turkey in the early 15th century, which at the time were much influenced by Timurid Shiraz. It is very exceptional for the colophon to give the name of the illuminator as well as the scribe. 


main text in naskh script, incidentals in thulth and Kufic; 15 lines to the page


D. James, After Timur. Qur’ans of the 15th and 16th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume III, London 1992, cat.10, pp.48–51.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.167, p.144.