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Bifolium from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Bifolio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
15th century
Geography:
Made in India, probably Gujarat
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
Double folio: H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm) W. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
62.152.8
Not on view
The double folio is from a Qur'an manuscript with three lines in black ink on each page and diagonally arranged interlinear translations in Persian. Kufic calligraphy in red and blue against a background of vegetal scrolls in gold surrounds the text, creating a border, and geometric floral motifs in red, green, blue and gold ornament the corners.
William Ivins, Jr., New York (until d. 1961); his daughter, Barbara Ivins, Milford, CT (1961–62; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Calligraphy West of China," March 15, 1972–May 7, 1972, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balcony Calligraphy Exhibition," June 1, 2009–October 26, 2009, no catalogue.

James, David. Qur'ans of the Mamluks. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1988. no. 60, pp. 168, 170-171, 173, 244, ill. p. 244 (b/w), figs. 119-120 (color).

Schimmel, Annemarie. "Islamic Calligraphy." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., vol. 50, no. 1 (Summer 1992). p. 28, ill. fig. 34 (color).



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