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Name of Object:



Dublin, Ireland

Holding Museum:

The Chester Beatty Library


Hegira 3rd–4th century / AD 9th–10th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:

CBL Is 1411

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Coloured pigments and gold on vellum


12.8 x 20.2 cm


North Africa or Spain


In this Qur’an, the beginning of each sura (chapter) is indicated by a line of gold script giving the title of the chapter and the number of verses it contains. Extending from each of these titles is a highly stylized palmette element, executed in a palette of burgundy, blue, green and gold. These folios are from what was the final volume of a sixty-part Qur’an. Each of the original sixty volumes would have begun with an illuminated double-page frontispiece similar to the (now only single-page) frontispiece included in this volume.

Citation of this web page:

 "Qur'an" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;ir;Mus21;3;en&id=manuscripts

MWNF Working Number: IR 03

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