Persia, seventeenth century.
Illuminated manuscript on paper. (BRMS 25)
This Quran is written in fine Arabic script with an interlinear Persian translation in red ink and manuscript annotations in the margins. The polished paper is of the typically delicate quality used throughout the centuries for Islamic manuscripts. The opening pages of this sacred text exhibit especially wide margins, here filled with colorful decorated panels of gilt floral patterns on blue with magenta frames.