From one of the best calligraphers of the Middle Ages: the gorgeous Quran manuscript by the famous and prolific universal artist Ibn al-Bawwab

Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab

Baghdad (Iraq) — Beginning of the 11th century

Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab

Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab

Baghdad (Iraq) — Beginning of the 11th century

  1. This beautiful Quran is the work of one of the most prolific calligrapher/illuminators of the Middle Ages

  2. The famous name Ibn al-Bawwab, Abu´l-Hasan Ali b. Hilal (d. ca. 1022) is associated at least 64 Quran manuscripts inter alia

  3. However, the polymath is most famous for perfecting the style of calligraphy invented by the Persian vizier Ibn Mukla (885/6–940)

Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab

Alternative Titles:
  • Koran of Ibn al-Bawwab
  • Der Koran des Ibn al-Bawwab
Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab – Chester Beatty Library (Dublin, Ireland)
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  1. Short Description
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Short Description

Ibn al-Bawwab, Abu´l-Hasan Ali b. Hilal, known also under the name of Ibn al-Sitri, was a famous calligrapher of the Buwayhid period, in additon to be an illuminator, a student of the law who ran in government circles, and a a devout man who knew the Quran by heart and is said to have reproduced sixty-four copies of it. One of the most splendid of these Quran manuscripts has reproduced here in a fine art facsimile editon.

Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab

Ibn al-Bawwab, Abu´l-Hasan Ali b. Hilal, known also under the name of Ibn al-Sitri, was a famous calligrapher of the Buwayhid period who died in Baghdad in 413/1022 (this date is more probable than 423/1031). He frequented the governmental circles of the period, as he was closely attached to the vizier Fakhr al Mulk Abu Ghalib Muhammad b. Khalaf at Baghdad and was for some time in charge of the library of Buwayhid Baha´ al-Dawla at Shiraz. He was also an illuminator (at least one outstanding example of his work surviving), a devout man who knew the Quran by heart and is said to have reproduced sixty-four copies of it, and a man of letters who was well versed in the law and who wrote a treatise and a didactic poem on the art of writing. His real title to fame, however, according to the early Arab authors, was to have perfected the style of writing invented, about a century earlier, by his famous predecessor, the vizier Ibn Mukla and to have brought it to a degree of well-balanced elegance which was to be surpassed later only by the efforts of Yakut al-Musta'simi.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Koran of Ibn al-Bawwab
Der Koran des Ibn al-Bawwab
Size / Format
564 pages / 13.7 x 11.7 cm
Date
Beginning of the 11th century
Language
Artist / School

1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab“

Der Koran des Ibn al-Bawwab
Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab – Chester Beatty Library (Dublin, Ireland)
Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab – Chester Beatty Library (Dublin, Ireland)
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Der Koran des Ibn al-Bawwab

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1981
Binding
Leather with half-leather book case.
Commentary
1 volume (130 pages) by D. S. Rice
Languages: Arabic, English
More Information
Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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