Qur'an in a leather satchel

Islamic, Nigerian
late 19th century

Object Place: Nigeria


Overall: 7.5 x 21 x 23.5 cm (2 15/16 x 8 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.) Sheet: 22.9 x 16.8 cm (9 x 6 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ink and gold on paper, leather

Not On View


Africa and Oceania



Qur’an, 347 folios in stamped red leather cover, West African (or Sudani) script, 16 lines to a page, rubricated, with colored ornaments. European paper with “tres lunes” watermarks (some with faces). In ornamented leather satchel. Like other Northern Nigerian manuscripts, the folios are loose.


By 1913, with Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (b. 1853 - d. 1935), Cambridge, MA; 1915, gift by Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 7, 1915).

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection