Exhibitions/ Art Object

Folio from a Qur'an

ca. 700–725
Made in Probably Syria
Brown and black ink and pigments on parchment
Overall: 21 1/8 x 24 7/16 in. (53.7 x 62 cm)
Credit Line:
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (Arabe 324c), fol. 39
Not on view
This leaf is from the largest known Qur’an written in Kufic script. Its size suggests that it may have been meant for display in a mosque. The exuberantly large chapter markers are densely patterned, often with architectural elements such as the one here that ends in the left margin as an arch decorated with tassels. Winged motifs in this manuscript may be attempts to create abstract visions of angelic beings.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.