Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Calligrapher: Muhammad al-Zanjani

Object Name: Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: dated A.H. 531/ A.D. 1137

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper

Dimensions: 10 1/8 x 7 1/2in. (25.7 x 19cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art and Rogers Fund, 1996

Accession Number: 1996.294.1


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.