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

Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name:
Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript
9th–early 10th century
Made in Central Islamic Lands
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
H. 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
W. 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1962
Accession Number:
Not on view
Like many early Qur’an folios, this folio is written in parchment in black ink using a broad-nibbed reed pen. The horizontal, rounded letters seen here are characteristic of early kufic Qur’ans on parchment, and are thought to be a response to the rectangular page format. The angular script is moderated by the roundness of several letters that look like large black dots, their inner blank spaces reduced to tiny circles. Red and green dots indicate the vowel marks.
William Ivins, Jr., New York (until d. 1961); his daughter, Barbara Ivins, Milford, CT (1961–62; sold to MMA)
Museum für Islamische Kunst, Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the M.M.A.," June 15, 1981–August 8, 1981, no. 2.

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 2, pp. 30-31, ill. p. 31 (b/w).