Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Calligrapher: Ahmad ibn al-Suhrawardi al-Bakri (d. 1320–21)

Illuminator: Muhammad ibn Aibak ibn 'Abdallah

Object Name: Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: dated A.H. 707/ A.D. 1307–8

Geography: Attributed to Iraq, Baghdad

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: 20 3/16 x 14 1/2in. (51.3 x 36.8cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1955

Accession Number: 55.44


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.