Opening Folio of the 26th Volume of the "Anonymous Baghdad Qur'an"
Ahmad ibn al-Suhrawardi al-Bakri (d. 1320–21)
Muhammad ibn Aibak ibn 'Abdallah
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
A.H. 706/ A.D 1306–7
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
17 x 13 7/8in. (43.2 x 35.2cm)
Mat: 22 x 16 in. (55.9 x 40.6 cm)
Frame: 23 x 17 in. (58.4 x 43.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1950
Not on view
This is the right half of a double‑page opening to a volume of the Qur'an. Its patron is unknown, but we know that the calligrapher was Ahmad ibn al‑Suhrawardi, a famous student of the master scribe Yaqut al‑Musta'simi, and that the illuminator was Muhammad ibn Aibak, who collaborated with him on several outstanding Qur'ans. From the surviving parts of this Qur'an, it appears that the illuminator created a different geometric scheme to preface each volume.
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in "new-style" script in borders at top and bottom: [وإنه لکتاب عزیز لا یأتیه/ الباطل من بین یدیه [ولا من خلفه
“[…] and surely it is a Book Sublime; falsehood comes not to it from before it [nor from behind it] (Qur’an 41:41—42)
[ J. Acheroff, Paris, until 1950; sold to MMA]
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James, David. Qur'ans of the Mamluks. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1988. no. 39, pp. 78-92, 235, ill. p. 235 (b/w), figs. 49-52 (color); figs. 57-60 (b/w).
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. 54A, pp. 92-93, ill. p. 93 (color).