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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1300
Geography:
Made in North Africa
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) W. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.28
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
This folio from a Qur'an is written in Maghribi ("Western") script, so-called for the region of North Africa and Southern Spain where it was developed and popularized. Identified by its curvilinear form, Maghribi script is also characterized by the emphasis of letters dropping below the line. The main script is in brown, while diacritical dots in blue and green punctuate the text, and the tri-lobed knotted motif in gold serves as a verse marker.
Inscription: Qur'an surah (chapter) V: Recto begins in last third of verse 64 and verso continues through first third of verse 67.

64. "[...] a fire for war Allah puts it out, and they strive to make mischief in the land; and Allah does not love the mischief makers."

65. "And if the followers of the Book had believed and guarded (against evil) We would certainly have covered their evil deeds and We would certainly have made them enter gardens of bliss,"

66. "And if they had kept up the Tavrat and the Injeel and that which was revealed to them from their Lord, they would certainly have eaten from above them and from beneath their feet; there is a party of them keeping to the moderate course, and (as for) most of them, evil is that which they do."

67. "O Apostle! deliver what has been revealed to you from your Lord [...]"
[ Kirkor Minassian, New York, until 1921; sold to MMA]
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