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Two Folios from Öljeitü’s
Mosul Qur’an

Copied by ibn Zayd al-Husaini ‘Ali ibn Muhammad
Iraq (Mosul) A.H. 706–11/A.D. 1306–11
Ink and colors on paper, 5 lines of muhaqqaq script to the page
The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
(Is 1613.1, 1613.2)
cat. 65
© The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
[click images for full object view]


Folio Folio
Folio detail

Originally commissioned in Mosul [Iraq] and known as Öljeitü’s Mosul Qur’an, this spectacular, large format thirty-part manuscript, now dispersed, was intended for the sultan’s mausoleum in Sultaniyya [map].

  Folio detail

The superb gold muhaqqaq calligraphy with black outlines demonstrates that Zayd al-Husaini (who is otherwise unknown as a scribe) was an outstanding master of this style.

  Folio detail

He probably stopped halfway to execute the illuminations, and it took about six years, therefore, for the manuscript to be completed.

Folio detail
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