Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
first half 10th century
Made in Central or Eastern Islamic Lands
Ink and gold on parchment
H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
W.4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
Not on view
This folio features a number of decorative elements that were meant to assist the reader by rendering the text of the Qur’an more legible. The kufic letters are written in brown ink, with the words’ vowels indicated above and below letters in red dots. Other markings in blue, green, and yellow further clarify pronunciation. Rosettes, as in the left margin, mark the end of verses. Sura (chapter) headings are enclosed in gilded, decorative boxes that begin with palmettes in the right hand margin. The parchment support places the Qur’an in the early Islamic period, since paper came to dominate from the eleventh century on.
[ Arthur Upham Pope, London, until 1937; sold to MMA]
Grabar, Oleg. "1989 Andrew W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts." In Intermediary Demons Toward a Theory of Ornament. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1989. p. 67, ill. fig. 41 (b/w).

Related Objects

Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Artist: Ahmad ibn al-Suhrawardi al-Bakri (d. 1320–21) Date: dated A.H. 707/ A.D. 1307–8 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Accession: 55.44 On view in:Gallery 455

Folio from the "Tashkent Qur'an"

Artist: Date: late 8th–early 9th century
Accession Number: 2004.87
Date: late 8th–early 9th century Medium: Ink on parchment Accession: 2004.87 On view in:Not on view

"Tahmuras Defeats the Divs", Folio 23v from the Shahnama (Book of Kings) of Shah Tahmasp

Artist: Abu'l Qasim Firdausi (935–1020) Date: ca. 1525 Medium: Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, and gold on paper Accession: 1970.301.3 On view in:Gallery 462

"The Mi'raj or The Night Flight of Muhammad on his Steed Buraq", Folio 3v from a Bustan of Sa`di

Artist: Sultan Muhammad Nur (ca. 1472–ca. 1536) Date: ca. 1525–35 Medium: Ink, gold, and colors on paper Accession: 1974.294.2 On view in:Gallery 455

"Preparing Medicine from Honey", from a Dispersed Manuscript of an Arabic Translation of De Materia Medica of Dioscorides

Artist: 'Abdullah ibn al-Fadl Date: dated A.H. 621/ A.D. 1224 Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper Accession: 57.51.21 On view in:Gallery 454