The Art of the Qur’an

The Freer Art Gallery has an exhibit entitled “The Art of the Qur’an”. There are dozens of Korans on display ranging in size and age. All of these books took years to complete and when you look at them you can certainly see why. The calligraphy is artwork in and of itself. There are common themes of turquoise and gold used throughout the pages as well. Below are a few pictures of these books.

While I was visiting the museum, I also located an amazing book called “Falnama The Book of Omens”. It has photos of the pieces found in the exhibit but also delves deeper into other art forms found in the Muslim world. The Falnama roughly translates to the book of omens and was consulted by people throughout Safavid Iran and Ottoman Turkey. It is similar to the checking a horoscope, interpreting a dream or looking to the stars for answers to daily questions. This form of art varies from artist to artist but the one thing they all have in common is that they are all intricately designed and detailed. Most of the art depicts heroes, celestial bodies, angels, demons, and humans on the path to spirituality.

The pictures below are from the museum book.

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