Folio from a Qur'an: Sura 21, verses 111-12; Sura 22: 1-2

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At A Glance

  • Period

    9th century
  • Geography

    Probably North Africa
  • Material

    Ink, color and gold on parchment
  • Dimension

    H x W: 28.3 x 39.8 cm (11 1/8 x 15 11/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura al-Anbiya' (the Prophets) 21: part of 104, 105-110, one column, 13 lines of text; verso: Sura 21:111-112, illuminated sura divider with projection, Sura al-Haj (the Pilgrimage) 22:1-2, one column, 11 lines of text; Arabic in black kufic script set against a tinted green and blue background; vowels in red.
  • Provenance

    To 1945
    Mrs. Kirkor Minassian, New York. [1]
    From 1945
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mrs. Kirkor Minassian, New York. [2]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Engaging the Senses (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (October 22, 2016 to February 20, 2017)
    Arts of the Islamic World (May 3, 1998 to January 3, 2016)
    From Concept to Context: Approaches to Asian and Islamic Calligraphy (July 28, 1986 to February 6, 1987)
    Art of the Arab World (May 8, 1975 to August 20, 1977)
    Islamic Art (November 3, 1944 to February 4, 1945)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mrs. Kirkor Minassian (1874-1961)
  • Origin

    Probably North Africa
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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