The Museum owns eight folios of this dispersed Qur'an. These include a colophon page with the signature of the scribe Muhammad al-Zanjani, from the town of Zanjan in northwestern Iran, and the date of completion, in A.H. 531/A.D. 1137. The text is written in the script known as "eastern kufic" with some elements in naskh (cursive) and is lavishly illuminated with designs of foliate scrolls and geometric interlace.
[ Oliver Hoare, Ltd, London, until 1996; sold to MMA]
James, David. The Master Scribes: Qur'ans of the 10th to 14th centuries AD, edited by Julian Raby. The Nasser D. Khalili collection of Islamic Art, vol. 2. New York: The Nour Foundation & Oxford U. Press, 1992. no. 9, p. 52, ill.