Manuscript: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Binding: Pasteboard, opaque watercolor and gold under transparent lacquer varnish
H. 4 5/16 in. (11 cm)
W. 2 7/8 in (7.3 cm)
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 2013
Not on view
The small size of this finely illuminated Qur’an manuscript renders it a portable, intimate object with protective powers. Its use as a talisman is further confirmed by an annotation in a cartouche that refers to it as tilism (Arabic word for "talisman") and the inclusion of a Qur’anic divination chart (fal-i Qur’an) at the back of the manuscript.