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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
probably 15th century
Geography:
Attributed to India
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
20 9/16 x 12 3/8in. (52.2 x 31.4cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Margaret Mushekian Gift, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.374
Not on view
A unique cursive script was used for Indian Qur'ans between the late fourteenth and mid-sixteenth centuries. Called bihari (from the region of Bihar), although it is not known exactly where it was developed, the script’s main traits are wide, extended horizontal lines and thin delicate verticals. Qur'ans of this style also often feature several different colors for the text (such as red for the word Allah and gold for the start of a new section), and include zigzagging Persian commentary in the margins.
[ Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt, Germany, until 1977; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Celestial Pen: Islamic Calligraphy," September 28, 1982–February 7, 1983, no catalogue.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Annual Report (1977). p. 47.



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