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Abstract

This large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the ninth century AH / fifteenth CE. The manuscript opens with a series of illuminated frontispieces. The main text is written in a large, vocalized polychrome muḥaqqaq script. Marginal explanations of the readings of particular words and phrases are in thuluth and naskh scripts, and there is interlinear Persian translation in red naskh script. The fore-edge flap of the gold-tooled, brown leather binding is inscribed with verses 77 through 80 from Chapter 56 (Sūrat al-wāqiʿah). The seal of Sultan Bayezid II (886–917 AH / 1481-1512 CE) appears on fol. 8a. There is an erased bequest (waqf) statement and stamp of Sultan ʿUthmān Khān (432-6 AH / 1027-31 CE) on fol. 3a.

Text Note

Explanations of the various readings of words and phrases in the margins; Persian interlinear translation

Hand note

Written in three scripts throughout: 1. vocalized polychrome (black, gold, red, and blue) muḥaqqaq script, mainly for the Qur'anic text within the frame 2. thuluth script for some chapter headings (in gold or white) or Qur'anic words in the margins 3. naskh script for the Persian interlinear translation (in red) and explanations in the margins

Decoration Note

Series of illuminated frontispieces; double-page illuminated incipits; illuminated chapter headings; various illuminated marginal devices

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Copy editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Upper board outside flap closed

Head

Tail

Spine

Fore-edge

Keywords
Arabic
Calligraphy
India
Islamic
Koran
Medallion
Persian
Qur`an
Scripture
Timurid
Central Asia
Original binding

Origin Place

Northern India

Date

9th century AH / 15th CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Arabic. The secondary language of this manuscript is Persian.

Provenance

Erased bequest

Seal of Sultan Bayezid II

Acquisition

Acquired from Mr. Dikran G. Kelekian

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Origin Place

Northern India

Date

9th century AH / 15th CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Arabic. The secondary language of this manuscript is Persian.

Provenance

Erased bequest

Seal of Sultan Bayezid II

Acquisition

Acquired from Mr. Dikran G. Kelekian

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the ninth century AH / fifteenth CE. The manuscript opens with a series of illuminated frontispieces. The main text is written in a large, vocalized polychrome muḥaqqaq script. Marginal explanations of the readings of particular words and phrases are in thuluth and naskh scripts, and there is interlinear Persian translation in red naskh script. The fore-edge flap of the gold-tooled, brown leather binding is inscribed with verses 77 through 80 from Chapter 56 (Sūrat al-wāqiʿah). The seal of Sultan Bayezid II (886–917 AH / 1481-1512 CE) appears on fol. 8a. There is an erased bequest (waqf) statement and stamp of Sultan ʿUthmān Khān (432-6 AH / 1027-31 CE) on fol. 3a.

Text Note

Explanations of the various readings of words and phrases in the margins; Persian interlinear translation

Hand note

Written in three scripts throughout: 1. vocalized polychrome (black, gold, red, and blue) muḥaqqaq script, mainly for the Qur'anic text within the frame 2. thuluth script for some chapter headings (in gold or white) or Qur'anic words in the margins 3. naskh script for the Persian interlinear translation (in red) and explanations in the margins

Decoration Note

Series of illuminated frontispieces; double-page illuminated incipits; illuminated chapter headings; various illuminated marginal devices

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Copy editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bindings & Oddities

Bibliography

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Upper board outside flap closed

Head

Tail

Spine

Fore-edge

Keywords
Arabic
Calligraphy
India
Islamic
Koran
Medallion
Persian
Qur`an
Scripture
Timurid
Central Asia
Original binding
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