- Walters Ms. W.557, Koran
- This copy of the Qur'an was made in Iran, probably in the sixth century AH / twelfth CE. The text is written in the New Abbasid (broken cursive) style with vowels indicated by red dots and orthoepic signs such as tashdīd and sukūn in green. The codex opens with an illuminated double-page frontispiece (fols. 1b-2a) inscribed with the creed that the Qur’an is God’s word uncreated: al-Qur’ān kalām Allāh ghayr makhlūq wa-man qāla makhlūq fa-huwa kāfir bi-Allāh al-ʿAlī al-Aẓīm. The latter is also included in the explicit (fol. 285a). The Qur’anic text begins with an illuminated incipit for chapter 1 (Sūrat al-fātiḥah) and chapter 2 (Sūrat al-baqarah) (fols. 2b-3a). Throughout are illuminated chapter headings with marginal medallions, verse markers in teardrop form, marginal medallions indicating every tenth verse, illumination of the name of Allah, and indications for prostration. The dentelle-style brown goatskin binding with central lobed medallion, pendants, and cornerpieces is attributable to the tenth century AH / sixteenth CE.
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