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  • Leaf from a Qur’an manuscript, 13th–14th century
    Attributed to Spain
    Ink, colors, and gold on vellum; 21 1/16 x 22 in. (53.5 x 55.9 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1942 (42.63)

    This leaf comes from a magnificent two-volume Qur’an. The line of gold maghribi script at the top is the chapter, or sura, heading. The medallion in the left margin contains a brilliantly conceived two-layer vegetal pattern. In Qur’ans from the early Islamic period, such medallions took the form of palmettes, but by the time this Qur’an was copied, this pattern had assumed a preeminent position in the ornamental vocabulary.

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  • Leaf from a Qur’an manuscript, 13th–14th century
    Attributed to Spain
    Ink, colors, and gold on vellum; 21 1/16 x 22 in. (53.5 x 55.9 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1942 (42.63)

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