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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript in Mayil ("Leaning") Script

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
late 8th–early 9th century
Geography:
Central Islamic Lands
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
Ht. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm) W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Gift of Adrienne Minassian, in memory of Dr. Richard Ettinghausen, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.201
Not on view
This eighth- or ninth-century Qur'an was written in the mayil ("leaning") script, a transitional style that predated the development of kufic and is characterized by a rightward slant and by the shape of the vowel ya' in the terminal position, which turns backward to underline the letters that precede it. Like other early Qur'an manuscripts, the writing here omits consonant points (i'jam), making it difficult for the reader to distinguish between letters with similar forms. Red dots indicate short vowels, and a series of short diagonal black strokes act as verse markers.
Adrienne Minassian, New York (until 1979; gifted to MMA)
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