Folio from a Qur’an, sura 21:105-112; sura 22:1-12

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur’an; recto: Sura al- Anbiya(the Prophets) 21: part of 105, 106-112, recto begins with: “al-ard”; illuminated sura divider, Sura al-Hajj (the Pilgrimage) 22:1-4 and part of 5; verso: sura 22:5-11 and a portion of 12, verso begins with “turaab-i”; Arabic in black kufic script; cluster of strokes verse markers; gold square markers at the end of verse 111 and 112; vocalized in red; one column; 17 lines of text.

Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 9th century
Medium
Ink, color and gold on parchment
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 22.5 x 29.7 cm (8 7/8 x 11 11/16 in)
Geography
North Africa or Near East
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1929.71
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Manuscript
Type

Manuscript folio

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), Islam, kufic script, Near East, North Africa, Qur'an, sura 21, sura 22
Provenance

To 1929
Kirkor Minassian, New York to 1929 [1]

From 1929
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Kirkor Minassian, New York in 1929 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note.

[2] See note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s)

Kirkor Minassian 1874-1944

Description

Detached folio from a dispersed copy of the Qur'an; recto: Sura al- Anbiya(the Prophets) 21: part of 105, 106-112, recto begins with: "al-ard"; illuminated sura divider, Sura al-Hajj (the Pilgrimage) 22:1-4 and part of 5; verso: sura 22:5-11 and a portion of 12, verso begins with "turaab-i"; Arabic in black kufic script; cluster of strokes verse markers; gold square markers at the end of verse 111 and 112; vocalized in red; one column; 17 lines of text.

Label

The verses are from sura (chapter) 22, entitled al-Hadj (Pilgrimage) and include a discussion of the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hadj is one of the five principal duties of every Muslim. 

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil. Art of the Arab World. Exh. cat. Washington, 1975. cat. 6, pp. 24-25.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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