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Name of Object:



Dublin, Ireland

Holding Museum:

The Chester Beatty Library

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Date of Object:

Hegira 3rd century / AD 9th century

Museum Inventory Number:

CBL Is 1407

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Gold pigment and black ink on vellum


21.8 x 32.3 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Near East, probably Iran or Iraq


This fragment of the Qur’an includes a sura (chapter) heading marking the beginning of chapter 32 of the Qur’an, which is most often known by the title al-Sajda (Prostration), but in this heading the alternate title al-Tanzil (Revelation) is given. The heading also states that the chapter contains twenty-nine verses. The text of the manuscript is written in black ink in kufic script on vellum. Also included in this fragment of the Qur’an are full-page frontis- and end-pieces, executed mainly in gold with individual motifs delineated in brown.

Citation of this web page:

 "Qur'an" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;ir;Mus21;2;en

MWNF Working Number: IR 02


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


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MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Manuscripts


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