Ink, colors, and gold on paper
H. of page 8 in. (20.3 cm), W. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Gift of Alexander Smith Cochran, 1913 (13.228.1)
This two-part Quran, both volumes of which are in the Museum's collection, is a splendid example of lavish manuscript production in the early Timurid period. Every page of this Quran, finished in June 1427, has profusely decorated margins of floral scrolls in gold and color. Its calligrapher was the ruler of Shiraz himself, Ibrahim Sultan (13941435), a grandson of Timur (Tamerlane) and an accomplished artist and great collector of books. Known to be observant in matters of religion, Ibrahim Sultan personally scribed pious inscriptions on two madrasas he founded in Shiraz and at least five copies of the Quran.