Object Name: Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date: ca. 1180
Geography: Attributed to Eastern Iran or present-day Afghanistan
Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Dimensions: 11.75 in. high 8.75 in. wide (29.8 cm high 22.2 cm wide)
Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number: 29.160.23
This folio from a Qur'an is decorated with foliate scrolls that form a background to elaborate "new style" calligraphy, particularly striking in combination with the letters alif and lam, which in this manuscript have been arranged to form a distinct oval-shaped pattern. Following the form of the calligraphy, the background scrolls and blossoms balance the angular lines of the text. The vertical format of the paper accentuates the height of the alifs and lams, which tower above the other letters on the page.