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The Chester Beatty Library
Hegira 10th century / AD 16th century
CBL Is 1545
Coloured pigments and gold on paper
46.2 x 30.3 cm
Although no documentary information exists for this Qur’an, it is obvious it was produced for a wealthy, possibly influential, individual. The facing shamsas, or sun-like medallions, at the beginning of the manuscript — and most of its other illuminations — consist mainly of dense mats of finely rendered arabesque vines from which spring tiny coloured blossoms. Like many manuscripts produced during the Safawid era, the illuminations are executed in a palette of blue, red and gold, with touches of yellow. Text pages consist of blocks of black naskhi script, bordered by vertical panels of blue and gold arabesques and set between longer lines of large blue or gold thuluth script. Large Qur’ans such as this are typical of Safawid production.
"Qur'an" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;12;en
MWNF Working Number: IR 12