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Section from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Section from a non-illustrated manuscript
ca. 1300
Morocco or Southern Spain
Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on parchment
7 15/16 x 7 9/16 in. (20.2 x 19.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2004
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
As the second volume of a seven-part Qur'an manuscript, this codex contains no colophon, but it opens with an elaborately illuminated double page bearing intricate geometric strapwork closely comparable to designs of Andalusian and North African tiles. Marginalia indicate that this Qur'an once belonged to the library of a ribat (hostel) in the holy city of Medina accommodating Moroccan residents.
Inscription: Sura 5 (al-Ma'idah) through Sura 9 (al-Bara'at)

1-In Arabic language and in Naskhi script:
وقف لله مقبرة؟ رباط سیدنا عثمان بالمدینة
Restricted for God to the tomb of caravansary of our master ‘Uthmān at Madīna.
2- In Naskhi script:
Koran 9:128-129
3- In Kufic script
کمل الجزء الثاني من الربعة/ الکریمة المبارکة/ بحمد الله و حسن عونه/ و صلی الله علی سیدنا/ و مولانا محمد النبي/ المصطفی الکریم و علی/ آله الطیبین الطاهرین/ و سلم تسلیماً کثیراً کثیرا
The second volume of the holy one forth (Rub‘a) complete by the praise of God and his good help, and prayer and a lot peace by God upon our master Moḥammad the prophet the chosen the generous and also upon his family the good the clean
On another page in Naskhi script:
وقف لله تعالی مقبرة؟ رباط سیدنا عثمان رضي الله عنه بطیبة
Restricted for God to the tomb caravansary of our master ‘Uthmān May God be pleased with him at Ṭayyiba.

Ribat Sayyidna ‘Uthman, Medina, Saudi Arabia; Sotheby's, London, 12 October, 2000, no. 39; [ Art market, from 2000]; [ Sam Fogg, London, by 2003–4; sold to MMA]
"12 October 2000." In Arts of the Islamic World. London. London: Sotheby's, London, October 12, 2000. no. 39, pp. 56-57, ill.

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. 33, pp. 63-64, ill. p. 63 (color).

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