Exhibitions/ Art Object

Folio from a Qur'an

ca. 900-950
Made in Probably Tunisia, Qairawan
Gold leaf, silver, and ink on parchment colored with indigo
11 1/4 x 14 3/4 in. (28.5 x 37.5 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, purchased with funds provided by the Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, gift of Joan Palevsky (M.86.196)
Not on view
Few objects demonstrate the inventiveness of early Islamic artists as elegantly as the now-dispersed Blue Qur’an. The manuscript reflects an awareness of Byzantine purple-dyed luxury manuscripts written in gold and silver. The later Muslim scribes’ innovations, however, are evident in the manuscript’s horizontal format, indigo-dyed blue parchment, and golden Kufic script. The combination gold and blue may have carried heavenly associations, as the same color scheme was used in the Qur’anic inscriptions in the Dome of the Rock dating to roughly the same period.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.