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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:
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm) W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.160.25
Not on view
These folios from a dispersed Qur'an exemplify the transition during the Seljuq period from Qur'ans written in kufic script on parchment to those copied in the more rounded new-style writing on paper. By the late twelfth century, the practitioners of the new style had perfected its mannered, slightly eccentric forms. As seen here, these include the extreme elongation of tall letters and the ellipse formed by combining two of these letters, lam and alif.
Inscription: "Eastern kufic" script, from sura 5:22-23 ("of the Food")
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, New York (until 1929; gifted to MMA)
Canby, Sheila R., Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi, and A. C. S. Peacock. "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." In Court and Cosmos. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 183, p. 283, ill. (color).



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