This 19th-century manuscript Qur’an is in a Nashki script with diacritical marks in black. Nashki was the calligraphic style used for the most beautiful Qur’āns of the period, because of its small size and great delicacy. The first two pages are elaborately illuminated in green, blue, and red on a gold background. The titles of the surahs (chapters) are in gold. The borders are in gold, blue, and red. The colophon is illuminated in gold and colors. Probably of Persian origin, this Qur’an was copied in Arabic by Kohazadeh Ahmad Rashid Safi and decorated by Adham Gharbaldeh al-Balawi.

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304 leaves (15 lines), bound : paper ; 18.5 x 11.5 centimeters

Last updated: September 29, 2014