Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript, Ink and gold on parchment

Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
9th–10th century
Attributed to Central Islamic Lands
Ink and gold on parchment
Page: H. 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm)
W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2cm)
Mat: H. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)
W. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
Frame: H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm)
W. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
Not on view
The angular kufic script of this page is moderated by the roundness of many letters that resemble large black dots, their inner blank spaces reduced almost to a needle point. The colored marks help the reader to recite the words correctly. The richly illuminated cartouche, embellished by the treelike decoration on the left side, contains the title of the third Qur'anic sura (al-'Imran, "of the Family of 'Imran").
[ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1937; sold to MMA]
Bloomington. Indiana University. "Islamic Art Across the World," June 18, 1970–October 1, 1970, no. 15.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Calligraphy West of China," March 15, 1972–May 7, 1972, no catalogue.

New York. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. "The Educated Eye," January 1973–February 1973, no catalogue.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 68, ill. fig. 37 (b/w).

Bowie, Theodore Robert. "An Exhibition Prepared by Theodore Bowie." In Islamic Art Across the World. Vol. no. 1970/3. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Art Museum, 1970. no. 15.

James, David, and Richard Ettinghausen. Arab Painting. 3, vol. 29. New Delhi: Marg Publications, 1977. p. 5, ill. p. 5 (b/w).