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Name of Object:



Dublin, Ireland

Holding Museum:

The Chester Beatty Library

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Date of Object:

Hegira c. 700–710 / AD 1300–10

Museum Inventory Number:

CBL Is 1457

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Coloured pigments and gold on paper


35 x 25 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Egypt, Cairo


The text of this Qur’an was copied in a bold naskhi script in Cairo, the capital city of the Mamluk dynasty (AD 1250–1517), by the calligrapher Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah ibn Ahmad al-Ansari al-Khazraji. The manuscript’s fine illumination has been attributed to Muhammad ibn Mubadir, one of the illuminators of the well-known Baybar’s Qur’an, now in the British Library. The central panel of the frontispiece consists of a star-polygon design, typical of Mamluk illumination of the time and a pattern that was also used in the decoration of other media, such as inlaid wooden doors. The patronage of Mamluk sultans and their amirs was focused primarily on Qur’ans and architectural complexes, to which Qur’ans, such as this fine example, were often donated.

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;7;en

MWNF Working Number: IR 07


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


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Calligraphy Manuscripts


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