Folios from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name: Folios from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: A.H. 383/A.D. 993

Geography: Iran, Isfahan

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Ink and gold on paper

Dimensions: 9 7/16 x 13 13/16in. (24 x 35.1cm)
Mat: 14 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (36.2 x 48.9 cm)
Frame: 15 1/4 x 20 1/4 in. (38.7 x 51.4 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1940

Accession Number: 40.164.5a, b


This highly decorated folio from a Qur'an features verse markers in gold and color, vowels marked by red dots, and consonant points (i'jam) in black, green, and blue. Additional verse markers in the margins containing the numbers 5 and 10 in Arabic identify every fifth and tenth verse. This abundance of decoration, together with the use of paper and of the "new style" script, is consistent with other Qur'ans from this period, although the horizontal format is more typical of earlier Qur'ans. A colophon on a bifolio in the collection of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art in Istanbul provides the date of Ramadam 383 A.H. (October-November 993 A.D.) and indicates that the manuscript was copied in Isfahan.