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Holy Quran
Acc no. - NM. C.7th CE/56.62/4
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is the oldest and rarest manuscript in the manuscripts collection of the National Museum. According to an important note in Persian language on the inside portion of the cover page, this manuscript is from the treasure of the Qutab Shah of Golconda and the seven folios are in the hand writing of Hazrat Ali. Fifty gold coins (Huns) was the humble price, paid for these folios. The National Museum has only four folios out of the total seven folios. It is one of the few copies of Holy Quran attributed to fourth Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Ali , cousin and son-in- law of prophet Mohammmad.

History of the Object
This is an incomplete text from the Holy Quran, (7th century CE.) inscribed by Hazart Ali, the fourth Caliphof Islam. It is on parchment(un-tanned animal skin) and seems to have been restored with a 16th century paper bearing Persian inscritpitons. It is a rare specimen of both text and calligraphy.

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Type
Calligraphy 
Materials
Parchment 
Measurements
23.7 x 16.5 x 1 cm 
Creator name
Hazart Ali 
Creator date
Born 13 Rajab 23 Before Hijrah Era, Died 21 Ramadan 40 Hijrah Era  
Where it was made
Kufa  
Geography
Iraq 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
7th Century CE 
Function
Religious 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
National Museum, New Delhi  
Acknowledgements
National Museum, New Delhi  
Owner
National Museum, New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum, New Delhi  

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