Kristine Rose Beers – Parchment, perforations and pigments: Exploring the materiality of an early Qur’an manuscript in the collections of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (CBL Is 1404)
The pressing need to conserve a large 201 folio Qur’an on parchment (CBL Is 1404) has served as the catalyst for significant investigation of both early Islamic manuscript materials, and the most suitable contemporary conservation techniques for this object.
This large manuscript —possibly made in the 8th century— has suffered extensive water damage and subsequent corrosion of the iron containing ink it was written with. It has in turn been subject to numerous layers of previous repairs, many of which are now failing, ineffective, and incurring damage to the manuscript.
This talk will discuss the initial findings of this project, and outline the current treatment plan for the manuscript, which has been designed in light of current best practice in Islamic manuscript preservation.
Tea and Coffee will be served after the lecture