This pouch, decorated with the Nasrid shield and motto, "There is no Victor but God," may have held a section of a small Qur'an. A French inscription on a piece of paper found inside the pouch at the time of purchase claimed that it belonged to the last sultan of Granada, Muhammad XII, known in Europe as Boabdil (r. 1486–92).
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in naskhi script, repeated on front and back:
لا غالب إلا الله
There is no Victor but God
? Abu `Abdallah Muhammad XII, last Sultan of Granada ; Marquis de Dos Aguas, Valencia, Spain; [ Duc de Dino, Paris, until 1904; sold to MMA]
Untracht, Oppi. Metal Techniques for Craftsmen. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1968. p. 224, ill. p. 226.
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 35, p. 66, ill. p. 66 (color).