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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
9th century
Geography:
Central Islamic Lands
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
62.152.2
Not on view
This small-scale Qur'an was used as an intimate personal object, probably worn or carried as an amulet during travel. Despite its diminutive size, it shares many features with other early Qur'ans, which were often much larger and used as memory guides for public recitations. Here, densely packed writing in kufic script is lengthened horizontally, and red dots mark short vowels.
Inscription: On verso (flesh side) - Sura 25:32-41; On recto (skin side): Sura 25:22-31

In Arabic language,
Kuran in Kufic scrip 25:32-40

A.Ghouchani
William Ivins, Jr., New York (until d. 1961); his daughter, Barbara Ivins, Milford, CT (1961–62; sold to MMA)
Grabar, Oleg. "1989 Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts." In Intermediary Demons Toward a Theory of Ornament. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1989. ill. pl. 6 (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. 3, p. 27, ill. p. 27 (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. p. 44, ill. fig. 7 (color).



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