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Description Walters manuscript W.553, a horizontal-format manuscript on parchment, is an illuminated fragment of the Qur'an containing portions of chapters 4 (Surat al-nisa'), 6 (Surat al-an'am), 7 (Surat al-a'raf), and 10 (Surat Yunus). The fragment probably dates to the 3rd century AH/AD 9th. The text is written in an Early Abbasid (Kufic) script in dark brown ink and vocalized with red and green dots. Verse markers in the shape of a stylized letter ha' and rosettes indicate groups of 5 and 10 verses. The text is framed by later red, blue, and gold framing lines and a polychrome and gold floral border. The black blind-tooled leather binding with central lobed, pointed oval and pendants is attributable to the 13th century AH/AD 19th.
  • The Divine Word and Sacred Sites of Islam. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
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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3rd century AH/AD 9th century (Abbasid)
ink and pigments on parchment covered in black leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 6 5/16 x W: 9 7/16 in. (16 x 24 cm)
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