Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab

Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab

Baghdad (Iraq) — Beginning of the 11th century

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

  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

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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, 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
Le Coran
Size / Format
564 pages / 13.7 × 11.7 cm
Origin
Iraq
Date
Beginning of the 11th century
Language
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab – Chester Beatty Library (Dublin, Ireland)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1981
Single Page

Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab

Carpet Page

The decorative opening pages of the manuscript include this magnificent geometrically designed miniature of a prayer rug with an intricate border. Its design consists of six octagonal medallions, each containing script with a Quranic verse and flowering tendrils. Further floral patterns appear between these octagons, including small blue octagons with flowers.

The color palette of this miniature page is limited to gold, blue, brown, and black, although much of the gold leaf has peeled off after centuries of use. This is a fine example of the advanced combinations of floral and geometric patterns created by Muslim artists who were forbidden from depicting the human form in religious art, be it a manuscript miniature or a mosaic in a mosque.

Der Koran des Ibn al-Bawwab
Facsimile Editions

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Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab – Chester Beatty Library (Dublin, Ireland)
Quran of Ibn al-Bawwab – Chester Beatty Library (Dublin, Ireland) Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Binding: Embossed leather binding, facsimile and commentary in a linen Solander box with a leather spine
Commentary: 1 volume (130 pages) by David Storm Rice
Languages: Arabic, English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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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