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Section from a Qur'an

Object Name:
Section from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
probably second half 13th century
Geography:
Iraq or Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper; tooled leather binding
Dimensions:
Ht. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm) W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.201
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999
The Qur'an consists of 114 chapters (suras) of uneven length. A system
was therefore devised to divide the Qur'an into thirty equal parts, enabling a reading of generally uniform length each day of the month. This manuscript is the nineteenth section of the Qur'an and begins in the middle of chapter twenty-five, al-Furqan (the Differentiator). It has a Turkish interlinear translation, which may have been added a century or more after completion of the manuscript.
Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (before 1935–d. 1951); [ Charles Dikran Kelekian, New York, 1951–75; sold to MMA]
Canby, Sheila R., Deniz Beyazit, Martina Rugiadi, and A. C. S. Peacock. "The Great Age of the Seljuqs." In Court and Cosmos. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2016. no. 189, p. 289, ill. (color).



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