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Section from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Section from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
dated A.H. 588/ A.D. 1192–93
Geography:
Iraq, Baghdad
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper
Dimensions:
8 3/16 x 5 11/16 in. (20.8 x 14.5 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, funds from various donors and Dodge Fund, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.89
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Often Qur'ans were divided into thirty sections, each called juz'. This manuscript represents portions of the twenty‑ninth juz' of such a set. A colophon survives on another section, providing the date. The text blocks on its pages consist of only five lines of muhaqqaq script, providing a sense of monumentality. Gold kufic script within illuminated frames and margin medallions distinguish the chapter headings, and gold illuminated disks mark the verses.
Inscription: In Arabic in thuluth script:
Qur'an: 71:28 & 72: 1

A.Ghouchani
[ Sam Fogg, London, by 2003–4; sold to MMA]
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