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Description Walters manuscript W.577 is a small, illuminated single-volume copy of the Qur'an was produced in Ottoman Turkey in 1282 AH/AD 1865-1866 by Muhammad ibn Mustafá Izmiri, a pupil of al-Rudusi. The colophon in Ijazah script indicates that the present codex is the 21st copy executed by him (fol. 304b). The manuscript opens with an illuminated double-page incipit with the verses of chapters 1 (Surat al-fatihah) and 2 (Surat al-baqarah) (fols. 1b-2a). The text is written in Naskh script in black ink with reading marks in red. Verses are separated by illuminated discs with colored dots and chapter headings are in Riqa' script in white ink. Polychrome medallions in the margins indicate textual divisions and prostration. The binding of black leather is decorated with a tooled and gold-painted geometric design enclosed by gold frames on the upper and lower boards.
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1282 AH/AD 1865-1866 (Ottoman)
ink and pigments on cream-colored paper covered in black leather with gold and blue paper endpapers
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 5 1/8 x W: 3 9/16 in. (13 x 9 cm)
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