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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Central Islamic Lands
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
Page: H. 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm) W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2cm) Mat: H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm) W. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) Frame: H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm) W. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.99.2
Not on view
The angular kufic script of this page is moderated by the roundness of many letters that resemble large black dots, their inner blank spaces reduced almost to a needle point. The colored marks help the reader to recite the words correctly. The richly illuminated cartouche, embellished by the treelike decoration on the left side, contains the title of the third Qur'anic sura (al-'Imran, "of the Family of 'Imran").
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1937; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 68, ill. fig. 37 (b/w).

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 15.

James, David, and Richard Ettinghausen. Arab Painting. 3, vol. 29. New Delhi: Marg Publications, 1977. p. 5, ill. p. 5 (b/w).



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