Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name: Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: probably 9th century

Geography: Attributed to Central Islamic Lands

Medium: Ink on parchment

Dimensions: H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1940

Accession Number: 40.164.1a


The dyeing of parchment for use in luxurious manuscripts originated in Byzantine tradition and continued into the early Islamic period. The preparation of parchment to receive ink, already a multistep process, was further extended by the addition of colored dyes. The parchment used in this Qur'an was dyed red and holds densely written text in kufic script. A limited use of diacritical marks to aid the reader, together with the simple forms of the letters, indicates that this folio was produced during the early Islamic period, probably in the ninth century.