Qur'an Case

Object Name: Qur'an case

Date: second half 15th century

Geography: Attributed to Spain, possibly Granada

Medium: Leather; embroidered with gilt-silver wire

Dimensions: 4 1/4 x 4 7/8 in. (10.8 x 12.4 cm)

Classification: Leather

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1904

Accession Number: 04.3.458


This pouch, decorated with the Nasrid shield and motto, "There is no Victor but God," may have held a section of a small Qur'an. A French inscription on a piece of paper found inside the pouch at the time of purchase claimed that it belonged to the last sultan of Granada, Muhammad XII, known in Europe as Boabdil (r. 1486–92).