Detached folio from a Qur'an, sura 25:59-77; sura 26:1-48

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At A Glance

  • Period

    Circa 1550
  • Geography

  • Material

    Ink, color and gold on paper
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 27.8 x 38.1 x 2 cm (10 15/16 x 15 x 13/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; right-hand half recto: Sura al-Furqan ( the Criterion) 25: part of verse 59 and verses 60-70; right-hand half verso: sura 25:71-77, illuminated heading of Sura al-Shu'ara (the Poets) 26:1-7; left-hand half recto: sura 26: 7-27; left-hand half verso: sura 26:27-48; Arabic in black naskh script with an illuminated heading in thuluth script, gold verse markers and marginal roundels containing the word "ashr" (ten) indicating the end of a tenth verse and the word "khams" (five) indicating the end of the fifth verse; vocalized in black with red letters for recitation; one column; 14 lines of text.
    Border: The text is set in gold and blue rulings on a paper with floral motifs and marginal roundels.
  • Previous custodian or owner

  • Provenance

    To 1998
    Private collector, acquired in Syria, to 1998 [1]
    From 1998
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by a private collector in 1998
    [1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Anonymous gift in honor of Lora and Ralph Redford
  • Type

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