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Bifolium from a Qur'an

Object Name:
Bifolio from a non-illustrated manuscript
Date:
late 9th–10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Central Islamic Lands or North Africa
Medium:
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment
Dimensions:
9 1/8 x 25 5/16 in. (23.2 x 64.3 cm)
Each Page: 9 1/8 x 12 5/8 in. (23.2 x 32.1 cm)
Classification:
Codices
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.268
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
This double folio was once bound in a multivolume Qur'an manuscript. The calligrapher wrote in bold kufic script with black ink using a broad‑nibbed reed pen. Red and green dots indicate the vowels. Verse markers include a star‑shaped medallion highlighted with green and red dots and framed by two concentric multilobed medallions.
Inscription: In Arabic language and in Kufic script:
Koran
Left 72:14-16
Right 72:20-22

A.Ghouchani
[ Sam Fogg, London, until 2004; sold to MMA]
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