A thirty-volume Qur'an in leather storage case, copied by the scribe Shaykh Bashir, Ethiopia, Harar, circa 1800
- manuscript on paper, leather case
- each volume: 17.8 by 13cm.
case: 44 by 25cm. approx.
The manuscript is in the distinctive, deeply curved naskh-like script of East Africa, and the illumination is restricted to the vocalisation, surah headings, small individual verse markers, and a red border running around the opening bifolium. Waqf notes on the first and last volumes indicate that the making of the manuscript was esteemed as a costly item. The inscriptions state that the set was endowed by 'Ashab Ibn 'Abdallah', and to be entrusted to "his son Nasrallah, and then to his children and thereafter their children". An inscription on f.2a of the first volume records that the manuscript was copied by a certain "Shaykh Bashir according to the 'Uthmanic rule".