Section from a Qur'an

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    14th century
  • Geography

    Egypt or Syria
  • Material

    Ink, color and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 31.1 x 23.5 cm (12 1/4 x 9 1/4 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Manuscript; Qur'an, second quarter: Sura al-A'raf (the Heights) - Sura al-Kahf (the Cave), sura 7-18; Arabic in black muhaqqaq script, illuminated pages with titles in white thuluth script; vocalized in black; 178 folios with two double-page illuminations, rosette verse markers and inscribed marginal medallions; inalienable donation; inscriptions on folio 175 verso; standard page: 1column, 7 lines of text.
    Binding: The manuscript is bound in brown leather over paper pasteboards with blind tooling, an envelope flap, and doublures of block pressed leather.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
    Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947)
    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
  • Provenance

    Unidentified Sale, reportedly conducted by Étienne Ader (1903-1993) or Maurice Ader (1900-1973), 1934, no. 17 [1]
    ?- 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), method of acquisition unknown [2]
    Jeanne Louise Monthiers (1861-1947), bequest of Henri Vever [3]
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003), bequest of Jeanne Louise Monthiers and Henri Vever [4]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased from Francois Mautin [5]
    [1] According to an inventory prepared in 1986, reportedly based on an appraisal prepared by M. A. Densmore, this binding was featured in "Ader sale, 1934, no. 17." The brothers Étienne and Maurice Ader were each appointed as "commissaire priseur" or chief auctioneers, primarily overseeing auctions at Galerie Charpentier, Paris.
    [2] An accomplished French jeweler and collector, Henri Vever (1854-1942) amassed a large and impressive collection of works of art during his lifetime. His holdings in Japanese prints and Islamic arts of the books, especially from Iran and India, were among the most important assembled in the early twentieth century.
    [3] Upon Henri Vever's death on September 25, 1942, his wife, Jeanne Louise Monthiers inherited the work. See exhibits F and G of Agreement of Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection, January 9, 1986, copy in object file.
    [4] Upon the death of Jeanne Louise Monthiers, as stipulated in the will of Henri Vever, the family's assets were divided evenly between his two grandchildren. His only grandson, Francois Mautin inherited the collection known as "The Henri Vever Collection of Oriental Art and Manuscripts Including Persian and Indian Art and Manuscripts." This work is part of that collection. See exhibits F and G as cited in note 5.
    [5] The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery purchased the entirety of the collection from Francois Mautin on January 9, 1986. See purchase agreement, copy in object file.
    Research completed on May 5, 2022.
  • Origin

    Egypt or Syria
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler
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