Description This square-format manuscript, Walters W.853.1, is volume 1, containing chapters 1-18 (Surat al-fatihah through Surat al-kahf), of an illuminated two-volume Qur'an produced in Sub-Saharan (West) Africa in the 13th century AH/AD 19th. The text is written in Sudani script in dark brown ink with vocalization in red on loose leaves. Chapter headings are in reddish-brown ink. Three yellow dots outlined in red arranged in a triangular form separate verses. Polychrome circular medallions as well as square and rectangular devices in a variety of patterns and colors mark textual divisions. The leaves of the text are organized between two decorated boards with geometric compositions. The pages and boards are housed in a leather pouch (satchel).
Provenance Sam Fogg Rare Books and Manuscripts, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2000, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the Islamic Acquisition Fund, 2000
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