Exhibitions/ Art Object

Folio from a Qur'an

9th–10th century
Made in Lebanon, Tyre
Dark brown and black inks, red pigment, and gold leaf on parchment
7 1/2 x 10 1/16 in. (19.1 x 25.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (Arabe 346), folio 13
Not on view
Kufic script was popularly used in luxury Qur’ans throughout Islamic lands into the Abbasid period. The elegant balance of outsized script and expanses of blank spaces created harmonious designs, while the extravagant use of parchment and gold conveyed wealth and prestige. The later cursive inscription at the top of the folio states that the work was produced for a religious site outside Tyre and gives the name of the scribe.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.