Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript in Floriated Script
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Attributed to 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
Not on view
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]
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. 16.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Celestial Pen: Islamic Calligraphy," September 28, 1982–February 7, 1983, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Nature of Islamic Ornament Part I: Calligraphy," February 26, 1998–June 28, 1998, no catalogue.
"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).