Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name: Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: ca. 1250–1300

Geography: Made in North Africa

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment

Dimensions: Page: H. 10 1/4 in. (8 9/16 cm)
W. 8 9/16 in. (21.7 cm)
Mat: H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm)
W. 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1937

Accession Number: 37.21


The manuscript from which this leaf comes must have been one of the finest North African Qur'ans of the period, especially for its uncommon use of gold. The preservation of a number of archaic calligraphic features derived from kufic and the use of vellum are typical of manuscripts produced in the Maghreb (hence the definition of maghribi for this script) and in Andalusia in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.