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Single-volume Qur’an

QUR 111 | Shiraz, Iran | dated 952 AH (1545–6 AD)

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Title: Single-volume Qur’an

Date: dated 952 AH (1545–6 AD)

Location: Shiraz, Iran

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

Dimensions: 256 folios; 26.6 x 17cm

Accession Number: QUR 111

Other Notes:

By the 16th century Shiraz had become a major centre for the production of commercial copies of illustrated and illuminated books in family scriptoria. Among the few Shirazi scribes who signed their works was Ruzbihan Muhammad al-Tab‘i al-Shirazi. His dated work covers the period 1514–47 and his prolific output included copies of secular works as well as Qur’ans and illumination. This Qur’an exhibits features present in several of his signed works, and it is very likely that he was also responsible for the illumination.

The manuscript closes with a prayer to be read upon completion of the text (folios 253b–254a), followed by a falnamah in Persian (folios 254b–256a).


main text copied in naskh script, incidentals in thulth; 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.39, pp.146–7, 150–57.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.250, p.214.

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