Miniature manuscript Qur'an.
30 x 50 mm. 136 ff. Arabic manuscript on green dyed paper. Silver gilt naskh script in ink with silver-backed titles, illuminated opening pages and headers in blue, white, orange, and gilt. Contemporary green calf decorated in gilt, housed in original decorated metal box (37 x 55 mm).
An elegant miniature Qur'an, gently scented with perfume. Its pages are dyed a dark emerald green and written out in miniscule, tidy naskh script in silver gilt. Surahs are marked in silver gilt marginal medallions; a double-page 'unwan with intricate floral borders in colours and gilt completes the decoration, which is rather more sophisticated than that of most miniature Qur'ans.
As objects of worship, examples such as these mainly served apotropaic and mnemonic rather than representative purposes and usually only boasted simple decoration. The codex format seen here is also somewhat unusual, with the octagonal style being quite popular for miniature Qur'ans. The manuscript fits tidily into a matching decorated metal case.
In excellent condition.