The codex is a rare Shiite talismanic roll. The text of the Koran has been copied in micro-writing and arranged inside a long, frame split into countless, elegant, small gilded frames of varying sizes and shapes, both geometric and floral, containing the complete sūre. Objects of this kind were usually preserved in special metal containers, normally gold or silver, called alem, and worn by the owner for their protective power. The beneficial capacity of the roll depended on the inscriptions it contained, taken from the holy Koran or extracts of the hadīth. The codex is formed of fourteen strips of paper joined together, and measures a little under ten metres. The initial decoration of the roll is formed of a gold cupola which surmounts a register featuring an arabesque, refined by plant shoots. Inside the register, the text in the first and third scroll ornaments is written in red, in black in the second and fourth and enclosed in gold clouds, or tahrīr. The decoration continues with writings set inside the lobated and geometric scroll ornaments which do not alter the course of the writing, sometimes slanted and sometimes straight, but rather favour and enhance the ornamental appearance of the manuscript. Sixteen rectangular scroll ornaments inscribed with gold ink and filled with holy text reflect the Shiite tradition of mentioning the venerated names of Islam, with the exception of the first (opening formula), the second (blessings on the Prophet Muhammad) and the fourth (blessing on Fātima az-Zahrā, daughter of the Prophet): 1) Bismillāhi r-Rahm ān ar-Rahīm; 2) Muhammad al-Mustafà; 3) Imām 'Alī al-Murtdà; 4) Fātima az-Zahrā; 5) Imām Hasan al-Mujtabà; 6) Imām Husayn shahīdi Garbala; 7) Imām Zayn al-'Ābidīn; 8) Imām Muhammad al-Bāqir; 9) Imām Ja'far as-Sādiq; 10) Imām Mūsà al-Kāzim; 11) Imām 'Alī Mūsà ar-Ridā;12) Imām Muhammad al-Taqī; 13) Imām 'Al ī al-Naqī; 14) Imām Huseyn al-‘Askarī; 15) Muhammad al-Mahdī;16) the grace of Allāh on them all!

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