Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name: Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: late 13th–early 14th century

Geography: From Spain

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment

Dimensions: H. 21 1/16 in. (53.5 cm)
W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1942

Accession Number: 42.63


This folio was once part of a two-volume Qur'an produced during the Nasrid period in the late thirteenth or early fourteenth century. Although paper had reached the Middle East by the tenth century, it did not become widespread in Islamic Spain and North Africa until much later. Despite its conservative use of parchment, this folio displays many characteristics that differentiate it from earlier Qur'an manuscripts. Sura headings in gold kufic script stand out in contrast with the distinctive maghribi script of the text, and gold medallions serve as ornate verse markers.