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Koran

1657

paper, manuscript

MAA Inv. No. 1832

The cult of books, particularly cherished in the Islamic world, was instrumental in the development of a rich and versatile educational proceedings. Members of all classes engaged in the copying of books, in historiography and poetry. Special attention was paid to calligraphy, illumination, and bookbinding was an important element of artistic arrangement.

The manuscript kept under the inventory number 1832 is a remarkable example of calligraphy. It was inscribed in one column in red and black ink. The first pages are decorated with luxurious stylised floral ornaments painted in tempera on gold background, after much older models. The text is bordered with gold and golden are also the banners and rosettes on the margins. The binding is done in brown leather and decorated with ornamental applications of gold plated leather. This work was copied by Muhammad b. Hasan Surgugizada in 1067 (1657 AD).