Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

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

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455

During the Ilkhanid period, a series of magnificent, large‑scale Qur'an manuscripts were produced. While few can be directly linked to royal patronage, the size and quality of their paper, along with their splendid calligraphy and illumination, suggest they were produced for members of the Ilkhanid court. This folio from the "Anonymous Baghdad Qur'an" (so called due to its unknown patron) provides not only its date and place of production, but also the name of its masterful calligrapher and illuminator.

Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript, Ahmad ibn al-Suhrawardi al-Bakri (died 1320/21), Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

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