Volume Containing Five Surahs of the Qur’an Iran, probably Shiraz 1336–54 AD ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; 16th-century Safavid gilt leather binding with paper onlay main text copied in thulth, naskh and Kufic scripts, incidentals in Kufic script; 6 lines to the page 75 folios; 21.9 x 14.3cm Khalili Collections

Volume Containing Five Surahs of the Qur’an Iran, probably Shiraz 1336–54 AD ink, gold and opaque watercolour on paper; 16th-century Safavid gilt leather binding with paper onlay main text copied in thulth, naskh and Kufic scripts, incidentals in Kufic script; 6 lines to the page 75 folios; 21.9 x 14.3cm Khalili Collections

A LARGE ILLUMINATED QUR'AN LEAF, YEMEN OR PERSIA, MAMLUK OR ILKHANID, 13TH/14TH CENTURY

A LARGE ILLUMINATED QUR'AN LEAF, YEMEN OR PERSIA, MAMLUK OR ILKHANID, 13TH/14TH CENTURY

Suras 3 and 5 - From same Qur'an but with different styles of sura headings: Two leaves, Persia or Egypt, Ilkhanid or Mamluk, 14th century. Top: Surat 3 Al-Imran (family of Moses) v.193 to 200; & below: heading for Surat 4 Nisaa (The Women)  v.1 to 4. Second page  (below):Surat 5 Al-Maida (The Table) as in "Jesus's Table / The Last Supper" v.112-120; then heading for Surat 6 Al-Anam (Cattle): emptiness of this world's life in contrast to wonders of God's creation, v.I-4. (A Shabbas)

Suras 3 and 5 - From same Qur'an but with different styles of sura headings: Two leaves, Persia or Egypt, Ilkhanid or Mamluk, 14th century. Top: Surat 3 Al-Imran (family of Moses) v.193 to 200; & below: heading for Surat 4 Nisaa (The Women) v.1 to 4. Second page (below):Surat 5 Al-Maida (The Table) as in "Jesus's Table / The Last Supper" v.112-120; then heading for Surat 6 Al-Anam (Cattle): emptiness of this world's life in contrast to wonders of God's creation, v.I-4. (A Shabbas)

Surat 1 Fatiha at right: "Praise is proper to God, Lord of the universe, the Benevolent, the Merciful, Ruler of the Day of Requital. If is You we serve, to You we turn for help. Show us the straight path, the path of those You have favored, not of those who are objects of anger, nor of those who wander astray." (Thomas Cleary trans.) Surat 2 Baqara at left. Miniature octagonal Qur’an,Persia, Zand, dated 1184 AH/1770 AD. 5.5cmx5.5cm / 2.2x2.2 inches. (A Shabbas)

Surat 1 Fatiha at right: "Praise is proper to God, Lord of the universe, the Benevolent, the Merciful, Ruler of the Day of Requital. If is You we serve, to You we turn for help. Show us the straight path, the path of those You have favored, not of those who are objects of anger, nor of those who wander astray." (Thomas Cleary trans.) Surat 2 Baqara at left. Miniature octagonal Qur’an,Persia, Zand, dated 1184 AH/1770 AD. 5.5cmx5.5cm / 2.2x2.2 inches. (A Shabbas)

AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN, TIMURID PERSIA OR OTTOMAN TURKEY, SECOND-HALF 15TH CENTURY

AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN, TIMURID PERSIA OR OTTOMAN TURKEY, SECOND-HALF 15TH CENTURY

Quran (Koran). Page with Kufic script.(act. c. 1038 - 1307) Ink and colors on paper 12th c Iranian (Persian) Seljuk

Quran (Koran). Page with Kufic script.(act. c. 1038 - 1307) Ink and colors on paper 12th c Iranian (Persian) Seljuk

This Qur'an from the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt provides a splendid example of a carpet page in an Islamic manuscript: the rich, ornate, ingeniously interwoven abstract patterns reminiscent of an exotic carpet.

This Qur'an from the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt provides a splendid example of a carpet page in an Islamic manuscript: the rich, ornate, ingeniously interwoven abstract patterns reminiscent of an exotic carpet.

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