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Folios from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
10th century
Attributed to Iran
Ink and gold on parchment
4 7/8 x 7in. (12.4 x 17.8cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Kirkor Minassian, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
These two leaves from an early Qur'an are written in kufic script in dark brown ink, with vowel markings in red. The chapter heading, with two ornate arabesque leaves in the margin, is richly gilded. The text is from the end of Sura 5 (al-Ma'ida, "of the Table Spread") and the beginning of Sura 6 (al-An'am, "of the Cattle"). A circular, lobed motif on the upper corner of the margin bears the words "one hundred seventeen," referring to the number of verses on the page.
Kirkor Minassian, New York (until 1926; gifted to MMA)
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