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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
late 9th–early 10th century
Geography:
probably Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/8 in. (33.32 cm) W. 9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Rudolf M. Riefstahl, 1930
Accession Number:
30.45
Not on view
Like many early Qur'an folios, this one is written on parchment in black ink with a broad-nibbed reed pen. The horizontally elongated letters seen here are characteristic of early kufic Qur'ans on parchment, and are thought to be a response to the rectangular page format. The angular script is moderated by the roundness of several letters that look like large black dots, their inner blank spaces reduced almost to a needlepoint. Red and green dots indicate the vowel marks.
Rudolf M. Riefstahl, New York (until 1930; gifted to MMA)
Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). ill. p. 14 (b/w).

de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. p. 312, ill. fig. 3 (color).

Schimmel, Annemarie. "Islamic Calligraphy." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. (Summer 1992). p. 3, ill. fig. 1 (color).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 1, pp. 46-47, ill. p. 47 (color).



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