Finispiece from a Qur'an, recto: text: left-hand half of a double-page finispiece; verso: falnama

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At A Glance

  • Period

    2nd half of 16th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, opaque watercolor and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 35.4 x 22.9 cm (13 15/16 x 9 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached bifolio from a Qur'an; recto: left-hand half of a double-page finispiece, detached from the facing folio (S1986.73.1), recto begins with "b'ad"; verso: falnama, verso begins with "Allah"; Arabic in white and black thuluth, naskh and muhaqqaq scripts; vocalized in black; 2 columns; 7 lines and 2 headings; one of a group of twenty folios.
    Border: The recto is set in an illuminated border; the verso is set in gold, red, blue and purple rulings on cream-colored paper.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Henri Vever (1854-1942)
    Georges Demotte (1877-1923)
    Francois Mautin (1907-2003)
  • Provenance

    To 1910
    Georges Demotte (1877-1923), Paris, France. [1]
    From 1910 to 1942
    Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, purchased from Georges Demotte, Paris, France on August 1, 1910. [2]
    From 1942 to 1986
    Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France. [3]
    From 1986
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France. [4]
    [1] See Glen D. Lowry and Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 2: Ledger of Acquisitions, 1894 and 1907-17" in A Jeweler’s Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 230. See also Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 400.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
    [4] See note 3.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

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