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QUR 614, fols 2b–3a
QUR 614, fols 2b–3a

Single-volume Qur'an

QUR 614

India, probably Saray-i Amanat Khan

dated 1050 AH (1640–41 AD)

QUR 614, fols 2b–3a
QUR 614, fols 109b–110a

Single-volume Qur'an

QUR 614

India, probably Saray-i Amanat Khan

dated 1050 AH (1640–41 AD)

ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; bound in brown morocco covers with stamped medallions, probably contemporary; doublures of gold-flecked paper

copied in naskh script; 11 lines to the page

512 folios; 13.9 x 9cm

The scribe of this Qur’an was ‘Abd al-Haqq Amanat Khan Shirazi, who was born in Shiraz but at an early age migrated to the Mughal court, where he rapidly achieved high rank. He was particularly famous as a calligrapher and designed the inscriptions for the Taj Mahal at Agra (completion dates 1046 AH/1637–8 AD and 1048 AH/1638–9 AD), the tomb of Shah Jahan’s beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. He subsequently retired to a village near Lahore, where he built a great caravanserai, the Saray-i Amanat Khan, where this Qur’an was evidently written.

M. Bayani, A. Contadini & T. Stanley, The Decorated Word. Qur’ans of the 17th to 19th Centuries, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume IV, Part One, London 1999, cat.58, pp.178– 82.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.257, pp.222–3.