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Section from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Section from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
ca. 1320
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt, probably Cairo
Medium:
Main support: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Binding: Leather; tooled
Dimensions:
10 7/16 x 7 1/2 in. (26.5 x 19 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts in memory of Newton Foster, and funds from various donors, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.212
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 458
This section of a Qur‘an manuscript written on parchment contains verses 114-147 from Sura 4 (al-Nisa’, "of the women"). On the last page, the text is framed by a gilded border and is set inside cloud-bands against a background of scrolls. The style of the script is cursive muhaqqaq, canonized in the 13th century, that is of larger dimensions than naskhi and mainly employed for large Qur’ans.
The brown leather binding, gold-tooled in Mamluk style, is a recent addition.
Bonhams, London, April 6, 2006, no. 8, to MMA
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Power and Piety: Islamic Talismans on the Battlefield," August 29, 2016–February 13, 2017, no catalogue.

"Thursday 6 April 2006." In Islamic & Indian Art. Part I Islamic Art. London: Bonhams, London, 2006. no. 8, p. 10, ill. fig. 8.



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