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Description Walters manuscript W.561, an illuminated copy of the Qur'an, was made for the library of the Mamluk official Aytimish al-Bajasi (died 802 AH/AD 1400), established at Cairo's Bab al-Wazir, according to the bequest (waqf) statement on fol. 3a. The manuscript contains verses 142-252 of chapter 2 (Surat al-baqarah) and is volume 2 (al-juz' al-thani) of a 30-volume set. The text is written in large vocalized Muhaqqaq script in black ink with the alifs of prolongation superscripted in red ink. Rosettes with colored dots indicate each verse, and 5th and 10nth verses as well as section divisions are marked by inscribed illuminated polychrome forms. The light brown goatskin binding is decorated with blind- and gold-tooled geometric designs and is contemporary with the manuscript.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • 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.
  • Venice and The Islamic World, 827-1797 (Venise et l'Orient). Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris Cedex 05; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 2006-2007.
  • Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo‚Äôs Ben Ezra Synagogue . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Yeshiva University Museum, New York. 2013-2014.
Provenance Mamluk Amir Aytimish (Aytmish) [al-Bajasi] (died 802 AH/AD 1400), Cairo [date of acquisition unknown], by commission; Library of the Madrasah [later known as al-Madrasah al-Aytimishiyah], Bab al-Wazir, Cairo [date of acquistion unknown], by bequest [bequest (waqf) statement in the name of the Mamluk Amir Aytimish on folio 3a]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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4th quarter 8th century AH/AD 14th century (Mamluk)
ink and pigments on Arab paper with chain lines grouped in threes covered with light brown goatskin with gold; light brown leather doublures with traces of blue pigment
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Foilo H: 14 9/16 x 10 7/16 in. (37 x 26.5 cm); Closed Book H: 14 9/16 x 10 5/8 x 11/16 in. (37 x 27 x 1.7 cm)
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