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  • Folio from a Qur'an manuscript, 9th century
    Central Islamic Lands
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment

    H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm), W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1962 (62.152.2)

    This small-scale Qur'an was used as an intimate personal object, probably worn or carried as an amulet during travel. Despite its diminutive size, it shares many features with other early Qur'ans, which were often much larger and used as memory guides for public recitations. Here, densely packed writing in kufic script is lengthened horizontally, and red dots mark short vowels.

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    Folio from a Qur'an manuscript, 9th century
    Central Islamic Lands
    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment

    H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm), W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1962 (62.152.2)


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