Opening Folio of the 26th Volume of the "Anonymous Baghdad Qur'an"

Calligrapher Ahmad ibn al-Suhrawardi al-Bakri
Illuminator Muhammad ibn Aibak ibn 'Abdallah

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450

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.

Opening Folio of the 26th Volume of the  "Anonymous Baghdad Qur'an", Ahmad ibn al-Suhrawardi al-Bakri (died 1320/21), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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