Opening Folio of the 26th Volume of the "Anonymous Baghdad Qur'an"

Calligrapher: Ahmad ibn al-Suhrawardi al-Bakri (d. 1320–21)

Illuminator: Muhammad ibn Aibak ibn 'Abdallah

Object Name: Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: A.H. 706/ A.D 1306–7

Geography: Made in Iraq, Baghdad

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Dimensions: 17 x 13 7/8in. (43.2 x 35.2cm)
Mat: 22 x 16 in. (55.9 x 40.6 cm)
Frame: 23 x 17 in. (58.4 x 43.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1950

Accession Number: 50.12


This is the right half of a double‑page opening to a volume of the Qur'an. Its patron is unknown, but we know that the calligrapher was Ahmad ibn al‑Suhrawardi, a famous student of the master scribe Yaqut al‑Musta'simi, and that the illuminator was Muhammad ibn Aibak, who collaborated with him on several outstanding Qur'ans. From the surviving parts of this Qur'an, it appears that the illuminator created a different geometric scheme to preface each volume.