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A Manuscript of Five Sections of a Qur'an

Object Name:
Section from a non-illustrated manuscript
18th century
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; leather binding, stamped and gilded
H. 7-31/32 in. (20.3cm) W. 5-31/32 in. (15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of George Blumenthal, by exchange, 1982
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
Two lavishly illuminated double pages open and close this juz' (section) from a Qur'an, which was bound in finely worked leather. The intricate geometric and vegetal decoration of this illumination is conservative and the calligraphy employed here represents a type of script that was almost unchanged in North Africa since the twelfth century, but the rectangular format, the use of paper, and the varied color palette of the illumination are characteristic of the manuscript’s late date.
Inscription: Sura 46 (al-Ahqaf) – end

Marking: Turkish seal without date.
Hajji Ahmed, Turkey; Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA (until 1982; sold to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 10, pp. 64-65, ill. p. 65 (b/w).

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. 34, pp. 64-65, ill. p. 65 (color).

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