Single Volume Qur'an
Single Volume Qur'an
Single Volume Qur'an
Single Volume Qur'an

Image credit: The Khalili Collections

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The finesse and restraint of the illumination of this manuscript are typical of Ottoman court production during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (reigned 1520–1566). The fine calligraphy and illumination have led many scholars to attribute this manuscript to the outstanding sixteenth-century Ottoman calligrapher Ahmed Karahisari, a pupil of Asadullah al-Kirmani. The manuscript begins and ends with two pairs of large rosettes set on facing pages. These bear the Qur'anic verses customary at these points, surah al-Waqi'ah (LVI) verses 77–80 (folios 1b–2a) and surah al-An'am (VI), verse 115 (folios 373b–374a).

The Khalili Collections

London

Title

Single Volume Qur'an

Date

c.1550–1560

Medium

ink, gold & opaque watercolour on paper with modern facsimile binding

Accession number

625

Work type

Drawing

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The Khalili Collections

London, Greater London England

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