Qur'an Manuscript, Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Binding: leather; tooled and gilded

Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Non-illustrated manuscript
15th–16th century
Attributed to Turkey
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper. Binding: leather; tooled and gilded
H. 16 1/2 in.
W. 11 11/16 in.
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1968
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450
This Qur’an has been composed in large muhaqqaq and smaller rihani scripts, a pairing which is often seen together, especially in Qur’ans even larger than this one. On some of the more elaborately colored and gilded pages, the calligrapher has also included a highly geometric form of kufic script, written in white, to identify the sura. Large gilded medallions in the page margins indicate the chapter divisions, while smaller roundels interspersed in the text are verse markers.
The design of the cover, medallions and margins, corner pieces serve to attribute this Qur’an to Ottoman Turkey. In addition, this manuscript contains an inscription with the name Selcuk Hatun binti Aga Lacin, which may refer to either a daughter of Sultan Mehmet I (r.1413–21), or possibly one of the wives of Sultan Bayezid II (r.1481–1512).
Mrs. Silvana Aliati Elliot(until 1968; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Celestial Pen: Islamic Calligraphy," September 28, 1982–February 7, 1983, no catalogue.

Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no. 5.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 5, pp. 54-55, ill. p. 55 (b/w).