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Illuminated Manuscript Koran, Decorated incipit page with a headpiece introducing chapter 18, Sūrat al-kahf, Walters Art Museum

An illuminated large size copy of the Koran (Qur'an) produced in the 11th century AH / 17th CE in Iran. Apart from using a number of scripts, such as naskh, muḥaqqaq and tawqīʿ, this codex features six pairs of decorated pages, two illuminated headpieces, as well as illuminated chapter headings, cloud-bands, and marginal decoration. The black morocco binding has a central piece in the form of a diamond with pendants on four sides. The inner covers, having a traditional dentelle decoration, features text from the "the verse of the throne" (āyat al-kursī), which is inscribed in the outer frame. This is a decorated incipit page with illuminated headpiece introducing chapter 18, Sūrat al-kahf.
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