Manuscript fragment from a Qur'an

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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 9th century
  • Geography

    North Africa or Near East
  • Material

    Ink, color and gold on parchment
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (closed): 12.8 x 8.1 x 1.7 cm (5 1/16 x 3 3/16 x 11/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Manuscript; fragment from a Qur'an; Sura al-An'am (the Cattle) 6:164-65; Sura al- A'raf (the Heights) 7:1-5 and 22-27; Arabic in black kufic script with a palmette gold heading extending out into the margin; sura title in gold; vocalized in red; 22 folios with one illumination, gold verse markers, palmette; standard page: one column; 13 lines of text.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in papier-mâché with lacquer-painted floral designs and doublures of marbled paper.
  • Provenance

    From 1920s
    Family of Sophia Riefstahl, New Bedford, MA, from the 1920s [1]
    To 1997
    Sophia Riefstahl, New Bedford, MA, by descent, to 1997 [2]
    From 1997
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Sophia Riefstahl in 1997
    [1] According to Curatorial Note 3, Massumeh Farhad, October 1, 1997, in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    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)
    Beyond the Legacy--Anniversary Acquisitions of the Freer Gallery of Art (October 11, 1998 to April 11, 1999)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Sophia Riefstahl
  • Origin

    North Africa or Near East
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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