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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
dated A.H. 485/A.D. 1092
Geography:
Attributed to Iran or Afghanistan
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/2 x 7 7/8 in. (26.7 x 20 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of H. Kevorkian, 1937
Accession Number:
37.111.2
Not on view
This page almost certainly comes from a dispersed Qur'an dated A.H. 485/A.D. 1092 in "new style" script. This script was used mainly in the eastern Islamic lands after paper replaced parchment as writing material in the tenth century. The shafts of the letters are elongated, extending well above each line; for this reason, the usual page format for this type of script is vertical. The vowels and diacritical marks, rendered in blue, red, gold, and silver, add a touch of color. The verses are from Sura 30 ("of the Romans").
Inscription: - Vertically on right side of 37.111.2, verso: " the 103rd from the 150th, therefore the 47th verse"
Hagop Kevorkian, New York (until 1937; gifted to MMA)
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 17.

Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). ill. p. 14 (b/w).

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 17, pp. 64-65, ill. p. 65 (b/w).



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