Folio from the "Blue Qur'an"

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 450

This folio comes from a sumptuous, multivolume Qur'an with indigo pages and silver verse markers that was probably copied in North Africa. Its palette is thought to refer to the purple‑dyed, gilded manuscripts made in the neighboring Byzantine empire. As in other early Qur'ans, the script here is difficult to read because the letters have been manipulated to make each line the same length, and the marks necessary to distinguish between letters have been omitted.

Folio from the "Blue Qur'an", Gold and silver on indigo-dyed parchment

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