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Here you can explore digitized manuscripts, bindings, and single leaves from the collection of the Walters Art Museum. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the Walters Art Museum houses a collection of more than 900 manuscripts from Europe, Byzantium, North Africa, South Asia, Ethiopia, and more. The Walters' digitization initiative is ongoing, and roughly a third of the collection has been digitized to date.

To find and view digitized manuscripts from the collection of the Walters Art Museum, search by entering terms into the search field, or refine your query using the menus. The sample searches provide some examples to get you started. More information about the types of information on this site and how to find it are available on the about page and the help page.

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Koran

W.552

This horizontal-format manuscript on parchment is an illuminated fragment of the Qur'an, covering chapter 6 (Sūrat al-anʿām), the end of verse 54, ...

Central Arab lands

3rd century AH / 9th CE

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The term Manuscript refers to a handwritten book in its entirety, including the binding and all of the pages in between.

The term Folio refers to those individual pages. Each full manuscript and all illuminated (illustrated) folios are tagged with a series of search terms including Culture, Time Period, and Subject. There is also a text box into which custom search terms can be entered.

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