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Walters Ms. W.575, Koran
This small, illuminated single-volume copy of Qurʾan was produced in Iran in the thirteenth century AH / nineteenth CE. The manuscript opens with an illuminated double-page incipit with the verses of chapter 1 (Sūrat al-fātiḥah) and the initial verses of chapter 2 (Sūrat al-baqarah) decorated with interlinear illumination and framed by a polychrome border and headpieces of floral design on a blue ground (fols. 2b-3a). The text is written in a vocalized naskh script in black with reading marks in red and text divisions of sixty verses (ḥizb), thirty verses (juzʾ), and niṣf al-juzʾ inscribed in red in the margins. Illuminated discs with colored dots separate the verses. Chapter headings are in red or blue riqāʿ script on a gold background. The nineteenth-century lacquer binding with floral composition on a red field is contemporary with the manuscript.
13th century AH / 19th CE
The primary language in this manuscript is Arabic.
Extent should be 185; last leaf incorrectly treated as a flyleaf in the foliation
Catchwords: On versos
6.5 cm wide by 9.5 cm high
4.0 cm wide by 7.0 cm high
- Columns: 1
- Ruled lines: 23
- Framing lines in black and gold; one frame around text plus an outer frame
- Title: al-Qurʾān
- Hand note: Written in small vocalized naskh script in black for main text; chapter headings in red or blue riqāʿ script on gold background; reading marks in red; text division (ḥizb, juzʾ, and niṣf al-juzʾ) indicated in words in red riqāʿ script
- Decoration note: Illuminated double-page incipit (fols. 2b-3a); inner and outer framing lines in gold and black; illuminated discs with central red dots as verse markers
Upper board outside:
- Title: Lacquer binding
- Form: Binding
- Label: This nineteenth-century lacquer binding has a floral composition on a red field.
- Title: Right side of illuminated double-page incipit
- Form: Incipit
- Text: Chapter 1 (Sūrat al-fātiḥah)
- Label: This is the right side of an illuminated double-page incipit. It is inscribed with the name of chapter 1 (Sūrat al-fātiḥah) and the phrase: lā yamassuhu illá al-muṭahharūn (only the ritually pure should touch it).
- Title: Text page of chapter 2
- Form: Text page
- Text: Chapter 2 (Sūrat al-baqarah)
- Label: The text is written in a vocalized naskh script in black ink with reading marks in red. Illuminated discs with colored dots separate the verses.
Contemporary with manuscript; lacquer binding with floral design on red ground (no flap); damaged with much loss; pastedowns of marbled paper
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest
Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam
Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita
Editor: Bockrath, Diane
Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara
The Walters Art Museum
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