Qur'an Bookbinding Inset with Turquoise

Object Name: Bookbinding

Date: 16th century

Geography: Made in Iran

Medium: Leather; stamped, painted, gilded, and inset with turquoise

Dimensions: H. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
W. (closed) 10 in. (25.4 cm)
W. (open) 27 in. (68.6 cm)
D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1956

Accession Number: 56.222


The stamped and gilded techniques used for this leather binding were common in the Middle East, especially in Iran where the art first developed, and in Turkey, where it was perfected. Central almond-shaped medallions and concave fillings in the four corners are common features of Islamic books. Ottoman book covers with this kind of composition and floral design served as models for a great number of Venetian Renaissance bookbindings and, more surprisingly, Venetian furniture as well.