Cover of a Qur'an

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    16th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Dark brown leather on pasteboard, gold tooling
  • Dimension

    H x W: 37.5 x 24.6 cm (14 3/4 x 9 11/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Dark brown leather outside; light brown leather inside; on pasteboard. Decoration: punched and chiselled gold relief, with touches of color in the floral patterns; gold tooling in the borders; cut gold filigree over blue paper. Inscriptions embossed; gold writing on the back hinge.
  • Provenance

    To 1934
    Dr. Jacob Hirsch, New York to 1934. [1]
    From 1934
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Dr. Jacob Hirsch, New York in 1934. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy (July 28, 1986 to February 6, 1987)
    Art of the Court of Shah Tahmasp (December 16, 1979 to August 14, 1980)
    Untitled Exhibition, Persian and Near Eastern Art (May 5, 1933 to September 24, 1947)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dr. Jacob Hirsch (1874?-1955)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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