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Description Walters manuscript W.563, this large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur'an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the 9th century AH/AD 15th. The manuscript opens with a series of illuminated frontispieces. The main text is written in a large, vocalized polychrome Mu'aqqaq 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 (Surat al-waqi'ah). The seal of Sultan Bayezid II (886-917 AH/AD 1481-1512) appears on fol. 8a. There is an erased bequest (waqf) statement and stamp of Sultan 'Uthman Khan (432-6 AH/AD 1027-1031) on fol. 3a.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/15/1981Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Splendor in Books. Grolier Club, New York; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1977-1978.
  • Symbols of Faith. National Geographic Society, Washington. 1981-1982.
  • The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Masterpieces of Ornament. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
  • Bindings from the Islamic World. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988.
  • The Divine Word and Sacred Sites of Islam. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
  • Speaking the Word of God: Illuminated Korans from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007.
  • The Saint John's Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
Provenance Sultan 'Uthman Khan [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [erased bequest (waqf) statement and stamp on fol. 3a]; Sultan Bayezid II [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [seal on fol. 8a]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
9th century AH/15th century AD (Timurid)
Medium
ink and pigments on thin laid paper covered with brown leather with gold and reddish-brown leather doublures
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.563
Measurements
Folio H: 15 3/4 x W: 12 3/16 in. (40 x 31 cm)
Geographies
  • India (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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