القرآن الكريم

Material Information

القرآن الكريم
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Alternate Title:
Qur’ān (section)
Alternate Title:
Alternate Title:
Donated by Reginald Wilde Esq, 1924
Publication Date:
Watercolour, gold and ink on paper ( medium )
H32.5 x W22.5 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Qurʼan ( lcsh )
القرآن الكريم
آسيا -- المملكة العربية السعودية -- مكة المكرمة -- مكة المكرمة
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Saudi Arabia -- Makkah -- Mecca
21.42664 x 39.82563


This leather-bound manuscript comprises the tenth to the thirtieth suras (chapters) of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. Such Qur’ān sections were extremely common in the Muslim world and usually belonged to complete multi-volume copies of the Qur’ān. The opening pages of the book - which contain an invocatory prayer and the beginning of the tenth sÅ«ra -are vibrantly illuminated with dense floral designs painted in polychrome and heightened with gilding. Particularly striking are the bold, vivid colours and the lobed arch-like forms that crown the pages. The manuscript’s Arabic text is neatly and attractively written in the naskh script, which, because of its legibility, came to be the preferred script for Qur’ānic calligraphy (Text by Ünver Rüstem, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of Instruction : Treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007, p.104, no.81.
General Note:
Folios 1v-2r of MS 16374
General Note:
From: Iran or India, 18-19th century

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 16374 ( soas manuscript number )
41e2ee26-524e-4a71-ac3a-6ddc71baff54 ( calm recordid )