Illuminated manuscript in Arabic and Farsi on paper.
[Persia, 18th century].
The Quran, the sacred book of Islam, presents the text of God’s revelation that the prophet Muhammad (ca. 570–632) received through the angel Gabriel. This small-format Quran is written in fine Arabic script with an interlinear Farsi commentary in red ink. The wide marginal panels, framed in magenta, are filled with colorful floral patterns produced with a relatively inexpensive blue pigment and a metallic ground that appears not to be pure gold leaf. The manuscript bears its original painted leather binding.