Folio from a Qur'an

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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 41.1 x 31.6 cm (16 3/16 x 12 7/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura Saba' (Sheba) 34: 41-48, one column, 12 lines of text; verso: sura 34: 49-54 and title of Sura Fatir (Originator) 35 with the beginning Besmelah of sura 35, one column, 8 lines of text; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script with white thuluth script in an illuminated panel; gold rosette verse markers; vocalized in black; one of a group of 5 folios.
    Border: The text is set in gold and black rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Provenance

    To 1930
    Kirkor Minassian, New York to 1930 [1]
    From 1930
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York in 1930 [2]
    [1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.
    [2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    Near Eastern Art--Calligraphy (August 18, 1967 to February 10, 1972)
    Untitled Exhibition, Persian and Near Eastern Art (May 5, 1933 to September 24, 1947)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Kirkor Minassian (1874-1944)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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