Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

Poetry and Prayer

Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum

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W.562: Qur’an

This large illuminated Qur'an contains chapter 78 (Sūrat al-nabā') through chapter 114 (Sūrat al-nās). It was probably executed in Iran in the 9th century AH / 15th CE. The main text is written in a large vocalized muhaqqaq script in black ink with chapter headings inscribed in both the New Abbasid style (‘broken cursive’) and in the thuluth script. Illuminated verse markers are found throughout the codex.







Folio 5b

Folio from an Islamic Manuscript

The illuminated panel on the bottom of the page is a heading for chapter 79 (Sūrat al-nāzi‘āt). The gold of the thuluth script is dramatically contrasted with the red ground. Above, illuminated rosettes mark the end of each verse.

Folio 3a

Folio from an Islamic Manuscript

This is the left side of a double-page illumination beginning chapter 78 (Sūrat al-nabā'). In the illuminated panels are verses of chapter 56 (Sūrat al-wāqi‘ah) inscribed in the New Abbasid Style ('broken cursive') in gold upon green arabesques and a blue ground.

Folio 2b

Folio from an Islamic Manuscript

This is the right side of a double-page illumination that bears the initial verses of chapter 78 (Sūrat al-nabā'). The main text is in a large vocalized muhaqqaq script. A script described as the New Abbasid Style ('broken cursive') in gold is used for the upper and lower illuminated panels with green arabesque design on a blue ground. The inscription begins with the title of chapter78 (al-Nabā), which is followed by verses 78-80 of chapter 56 (Sūrat al-wāqi‘ah) written in the lower panel and continued in the panels on the facing page.