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Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
late 14th century
Geography:
Attributed to India
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:
1992.145.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
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 (usually blue, gold, and red), and include zigzagging Persian commentary in the margins.
Inscription: Recto: 6:111-113 (middle); Verso: 6:113 (middle) - 116 (middle) [M. Sardar 3/12]
[ Terence McInerney Fine Arts Ltd., New York, until 1992; sold to MMA]
Hempstead, NY. The Emily Lowe Gallery. "Inscription as Art in the World of Islam," April 14, 1996–May 24, 1996, no. 4.

Rahim Habibeh. "at the Emily Lowe Gallery." In Inscription as Art in the World of Islam-Unity in Diversity. Hempstead, NY: Hofstra Museum, Hofstra University, 1996. p. 16, ill. fig. 4 (b/w).



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