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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
probably early 15th century
Geography:
India
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions:
8 3/4 x 9 5/16 in. (22.2 x 23.7 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Purchase Fund for Islamic Art, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.145.1
Not on view
Sura 8 (al-'Anfal): end of 74 through 75; Sura 9(al-Tawba): 1 to the beginning of 2
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 developed, the script’s main traits are its wide, extended horizontal lines and its thin, delicate verticals. Qur'ans of this style also often use several different colors for the text (here, alternating lines of gold, black, and blue), and include zigzagging Persian commentary in the margins.
Inscription: top 8 lines:
8 (Surat al-'Anfal): end of 74 through 75
Chapter heading: Surat al-tawba, 130 [sic] verses
bottom 3 lines:
9 (Surat al-Tawba):1 to the beginning of 2
[M. Sardar 12/2011]
[ Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York, until 1992; 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. 6, pp. 56-57, ill. p. 57 (b/w).



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