Folio from a Qur'an, Sura 38:75-83

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At A Glance

  • Period

    15th-16th century
  • Material

    Black ink, gold leaf and red, blue, yellow and green paint on laid paper
  • Dimension

    H x W: 25.8 x 18.6 cm (10 3/16 x 7 5/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto; Sura Sad (Sad) 38: 75-78, recto begins with "min al-'alamayn" verso; sura 38: 79-83, verso begins with "rabbi"; Arabic in black maghribi script with gold knot and rosette verse markers, illuminated marginal roundel containing the word for 'ashr (ten) indicating the end of a tenth verse, and illuminated pear-shaped medallion containing the word for khams (five) indicating the end of a fifth verse; vocalized in red, tashdid and sukun in blue, hamza in yellow dots; one column; seven lines of text.
  • Paper/Support

    Laid paper.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Sub-Saharan Africa (July 16, 2021 - February 27, 2022)
    Imaging the Word: Selections of Calligraphy from the Islamic World (November 17, 1999 to May 7, 2000)
  • Credit Line

    The Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
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