Single-volume Qur’an

ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; leather binding of later date

main text in naskh script, incidentals in thulth and Kufic;13 lines to the page

269 folios; 39 x 27cm

The opening and closing folios are fully illuminated, and the main field of their design is very similar to the frontispiece of a section of another fine multi-part Qur’an made for Öljeytü at Mosul (now in the British Library, Or. 4945). The copyist also wrote a magnificent 30-part Qur’an for the same ruler. 

D. James, The Master Scribes. Qur’ans of the 10th to 14th Centuries AD, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume II, London 1992, cat.21, pp.102–5. J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.161, p.140.