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Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Non-illustrated manuscript
late 9th–early 10th century
Syria or Iraq
Main support: ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment; Binding: leather; tooled
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm) W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Philip Hofer, 1937
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450
This is the second volume of a thirty-part Qur’an meant to be read over the course of a month. It is typical of early Qur’ans, but includes some embellishments not found in earlier, more austere copies, such as red vowel marks, rosettes every ten verses, and double-page illuminations at the beginning and end of the book. These compositions in gold are important precursors to what would evolve into a major aspect of Qur’an decoration.
Marking: - 5th verse mark: gold Arabic letter "ha".

- First page (fol. 1a) has the stamp of a large oval seal-ring which seems to be Ottoman with a typical Ottoman tughra, some later notations in black ink (see catalogue card for the Arabic inscriptions), and other isolated letters whose significance, if any, is undetermined.
Philip Hofer, New York (until 1937; gifted to MMA)
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 12-13, ill. fig. 1 (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Arts & the Islamic World, Arts & The Islamic World, vol. 3, no. 3 (Autumn 1985). p. 52-53, ill. figs. 3, 4 (colo.

Ettinghausen, Richard, Oleg Grabar, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250. 2nd ed. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. p. 75, ill. fig. 119 (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. 2, pp. 26-27, ill. p. 26 (color).

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