Qur'an Manuscript

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450

This is the second volume of a thirty-part Qur’an meant to be read over the course of a month. It is typical of early Qur’ans, but includes some embellishments not found in earlier, more austere copies, such as red vowel marks, rosettes every ten verses, and double-page illuminations at the beginning and end of the book. These compositions in gold are important precursors to what would evolve into a major aspect of Qur’an decoration.

Qur'an Manuscript, Main support: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment; Binding: leather; tooled

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