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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
late 13th–early 14th century
Geography:
Spain
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
H. 21 1/16 in. (53.5 cm) W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
42.63
Not on view
This large folio comes from a magnificent two-volume Qur'an. In Spain, as in North Africa, Qur'an manuscripts and Qur'anic calligraphy retained archaic features long since abandoned farther east. Such features include the use of parchment instead of polished paper, a square format, and deep, rounded letter terminals, as seen in this example.
Inscription: Sura 39: 1– 5 (al-Zumar)

In Arabic language and in Kufic script title of Quran chapter:
سورة الزمر اثنتان و سبعون آیة مکیة
al-Zumur chapter, 72 verses of Mukka
The rest is verses 1, 2 and part of 3 of chapter 39.

A.Ghouchani
[ Mrs. Kamer Aga-Oglu, Ann Arbor, MI, until 1942; sold to MMA]
Ettinghausen, Richard. "Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 1975). ill. p. 15 (b/w).

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 44, pp. 122-123, ill. p. 123 (color).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 56-57, ill. fig. 41 (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. 3, pp. 50-51, ill. p. 51 (color).

Ali, Wijdan. The Arab Contribution to Islamic Art : From the Seventh to the Fifteenth Centuries. Jordan: The Royal Society of Fine Arts, Jordan, 1999. p. 123, ill. fig. 82 (b/w).

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. 32, pp. 61-62, ill. p. 62 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 44-45, ill. pl. 3 (color).



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