Arts of the Book: Manuscripts, Folios, Bindings
Manuscript Of A Mauritanian Qur’an
Northwest Africa, Mauritania
Materials and technique
Ink, opaque watercolour, and gold on paper
29 x 21.7 x 3.4 cm
One of the folios appearing at the end of this Qur’an manuscript includes the name of a copyist, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Yusufi, and the date the copy was completed (1036 H/1626 CE). The Qur’an’s illumination, which might be later than the script, suggests an attribution to Mauritania in the 18th century. Other features, such as the characteristic Saharan-Maghribi (or Sudani) script style and a format recalling the square shape of twelfth-century Maghribi manuscripts in a revivalist manner (Bayani, Contadini, and Stanley 1999, p. 43), likewise support a Northwest African provenance.