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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1180
Geography:
Eastern Iran or present-day Afghanistan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
11.75 in. high 8.75 in. wide (29.8 cm high 22.2 cm wide)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.160.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
Written in Eastern or new style kufic script , line two of this folio includes two long, vertical letters (alif and lam), forming a distinctive pointed oval-shaped pattern. The elaborate treatment of the background, entirely filled with vegetal scrolls terminating in large blossoms so that the script seems to stand out against the decorative background. The script and illumination are related to a Qur'an in the Topkapi Saray Museum, dated 573/1177–78, epigraphic inscriptions on architecture and luster ceramics of this period, suggesting a unity of style in Seljuk art of eleventh and twelfth century Iran and Iraq.
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (until 1929; gifted to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 72, ill. fig. 41 (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 32-33, ill. fig. 20 (color).

Blair, Sheila S. Islamic Calligraphy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Library, 2006. pp. 198-199, ill. fig. 6.3 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 53, pp. 5, 90-91, ill. p. 91 (color).



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