Folio from a Qur'an, sura 12:40-43

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At A Glance

  • Period

    12th-13th century
  • Material

    Brown ink and color on parchment
  • Dimension

    H x W (overall): 19 x 18.1 cm (7 1/2 x 7 1/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura Yusuf (Joseph) 12: parts of verses 40-41, recto begins with "Allahu bihamin"; verso: sura 12: parts of verses 41, 42, and 43, verso begins with "min rra 'sihi"; Arabic in brown maghribi script; vocalized in blue, yellow, green, and red with roundel verse marker; one column; seven lines of text.
  • Provenance

    To 1986
    Robert Black, Claremont, CA, to 1986 [1]
    To 1997
    Ralph and Catherine Benkaim, Beverly Hills, CA, to 1997 [2]
    From 1997
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Ralph and Catherine Benkaim in 1997
    [1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record: "Robert Black, Claremont, California, sold December 1986."
    [2] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Robert Black
    Ralph (1914-2001) and Catherine Benkaim
  • Credit Line

    The Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
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