Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript in Floriated Script
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Iran or Central Asia
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
H. 9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm)
W. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1945
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
The manuscript to which this page once belonged, copied in floriated "new style" script, exhibits a striking balance of rigorous discipline and exuberant imagination. The calligrapher pushes the boundaries of the "new style" script by transforming the vertical shafts of the letters into plaited designs and vegetation. The playful use of this script is also seen in Seljuq architectural decoration.
[ Mrs. Kamer Aga-Oglu, Ann Arbor, MI, until 1945; sold to MMA]
"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 16, pp. 62-63, ill. p. 63 (b/w).