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Quran.
Illuminated manuscript in Arabic on paper.
[Persia, ca. 1600].

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 Quran is Bridwell Library’s most important example of the rich tradition of manuscript illumination in the Islamic world. The nineteenth-century binding features an elaborate lacquered composition depicting exotic birds among colorful flowers.

Gift of Mrs. Frank A. Schultz in memory of her husband, 2002.