Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript, Muhammad al-Zanjani, Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper

Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Muhammad al-Zanjani
Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
dated A.H. 531/ A.D. 1137
Attributed to Iran
Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper
10 1/8 x 7 1/2in. (25.7 x 19cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1996
Accession Number:
Not on view
Eight folios of this dispersed Qur'an are held in the Museum collection. Among these folios is the colophon page, with the signature of the scribe Muhammad al‑Zanjani from the town of Zanjan, in northwestern Iran, and the date of completion, A.H. 531/A.D. 1137. The text is written in the script known as eastern kufic with some elements in cursive (naskh), and is lavishly illuminated with designs of foliate scrolls and geometric interlace.
Inscription: The inscriptions in Eastern Kufic and Naskh scripts on recto refer to the literary tradition discussing the number of verses in the Qur'an.
[ Oliver Hoare, Ltd, London, until 1996; sold to MMA]