Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript

Object Name: Folio from a non-illustrated manuscript

Date: 9th century

Geography: Attributed to Central Islamic Lands

Medium: Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment

Dimensions: H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)

Classification: Codices

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1962

Accession Number: 62.152.2


This small-scale Qur'an was used as an intimate personal object, probably worn or carried as an amulet during travel. Despite its diminutive size, it shares many features with other early Qur'ans, which were often much larger and used as memory guides for public recitations. Here, densely packed writing in kufic script is lengthened horizontally, and red dots mark short vowels.