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Quran leaf from the Read Persian album

December 31, 1674
Cleveland Art
Religion and Festival
Aurangzeb 1658–1707

Quran leaf from the Read Persian album



Qurʼanic leaf from the Read Persian album Probably from the Deccan region (Golconda), India, late 16th cent. Description: 1 single leaf : paper on card, ill. ; 379 x 240 mm Credit: Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1911. Genres: Manuscripts--India--Golconda--16th century. Marbled papers (Binding)--India--Golconda--16th century. Calligraphy--India--Golconda--16th century. Paper (fiber product) Cardboard. Single leaves. Language: Arabic Script: muḥaqqaq Notes: Ms. calligraphy; written and illuminated in Golconda, the Deccan, late sixteenth century. From the Read Persian album. Text: the Qurʼan, sura 96, Iqraʼ, which is also known as sura ʼAlaq, verses 8-18. Decoration: marbled border. Text box: 242 x 140 mm. MICROFILM holding is on record for MS M.458.1r. Provenance: Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) from Charles Hercules Read in 1911; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943). Associated Names: Read, Charles Hercules, Sir, 1857-1929, former owner. Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner. Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner. Formatted Place: India--Golconda. Cite as: Pierpont Morgan Library. MS M.458.34. Publications on: Islamic and Indian manuscripts and paintings in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Barbara Schmitz. New York : The Library, 1997, no. 50, p. 171-172; plate 42. Subjects: Manuscripts, Arabic--New York (State)--New York. 1575-1600. Dept./Collection: Pierpont Morgan Library Dept. of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


The Mughal Images immediately took a much greater interest in realistic portraiture than was typical of Persian miniatures. Animals and plants were the main subject of many miniatures for albums and were more realistically depicted. To upload your images click here.

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