This manuscript Qur’ān from northern Nigeria, with its pages completely unbound, dates from the second half of the nineteenth century. The elaborately worked satchel, in supple multi-coloured leathers with a flap and braided strap, provided its only protection and allowed it to be carried by a scholar. Unsewn books remain a tradition for some sub-Saharan Islamic manuscripts, and they continue to be made with their protective satchels to this day.
Satchel: 225 x 300 x 110 mm (the strap extends 500 mm)
Manuscript: 242 x 182 x 88 mm
Satchel and manuscript: 1.719 kg
Satchel: 245 g