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The Ibn al-Bawwab Qur’an
The Chester Beatty Library
Hegira 391 / AD 1000–01
CBL Is 1431
Coloured pigments and gold on paper
17.7 x 13.7 cm
Both the calligraphy and the illumination of this Qur’an are the work of Abu’l-Hasan Ali (d. AD 1022), who is more commonly known as Ibn al-Bawwab, because he was the son (ibn) of Hilal, who was a doorkeeper (bawwab). Ibn al-Bawwab is renowned as one of Islam’s greatest calligraphers, and this Qur’an is held to be the only genuine manuscript by him still in existence. In this manuscript, the first two chapters each begin with an illuminated heading, but the beginning of every other chapter is indicated by only a line of gold thuluth script, stating the title of the chapter and the number of verses it contains, and a stylized palmette element that extends into the margin. The manuscript also includes five double pages of illumination.
"The Ibn al-Bawwab Qur’an" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;5;en
MWNF Working Number: IR 05